The Fokker D.VIII uses a rare 'parasol' wing arrangement, meaning the wing does not connect directly to the fuselage. Instead, it is mounted above and connected by struts. The resulting appearance – with the full span wing ‘floating’ above the fuselage – led to Allied pilots calling it The Flying Razor. (You need to imaging a ‘cut-throat’ razor blade, not a modern safety razor!)
The D.VIII marked Fokker’s return to the monoplane configuration and rotary engine powerplant it had used so successfully with the E.III EIndecker.
The new type did not enter frontline service until the very last months of World War One, and then only with a couple of Jastas. This meant it never really had a chance to fulfill its potential as a great fighter, despite its competitive speed.
The TAVAS example is another highly accurate replica, fitted with an original 1918 160 hp Gnome rotary engine to keep the look, sound and performance truly authentic.
Length: 5.86 m (19 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 8.34 m (27 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.60 m (8 ft 6 in)
Wing Area: 10.70 m2 (115 ft2)
Empty Weight: 405 kg (893 lb)
Loaded Weight: 605 kg (1,334 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x 110 hp (82 kW) Oberursel UR.II 9-cylinder rotary engine
Maximum speed: 204 km/h (127 mph, 110 knots)
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Service ceiling: 6,0 m (19,685 ft)
Rate of climb: 8.33 m/s (1,640 ft/min
2 x 7.92 mm (.312 in) Spandau MG08 machine guns
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