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Fokker M.7
Fokker B.I M7.jpg
Role reconnaissance
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Fokker-Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Kaiserliche Marine
Number built 20
Developed from Fokker M.5
Variants Fokker M.10

The Fokker M.7 was a German observation aircraft of World War I, used by the armed forces of both Germany and Austro-Hungary.

Design and developmentEdit

Twenty aircraft, powered by 60 kW (80 hp) Oberursel U.0 rotary engines, were built, some of which were used by Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) shore stations.[1] It was a single-bay sesquiplane (biplane) of conventional configuration, with slightly staggered wings using wing warping for roll control, tandem open cockpits and Fokker's distinctive comma-shaped rudder.

The W.3 was a floatplane version of the M.7.[2]

Operational historyEdit

The aircraft was operated by the Austro-Hungarian forces under the designation Type B.I.

VariantsEdit

  • M.7 : Two-seat reconnaissance aircraft version.
  • W.4 : Two-seat reconnaissance floatplane version.

OperatorsEdit

Flag of the German Empire.svg Germany
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austria-Hungary

Specifications (M.7)Edit

Data from Data from Das Virtuelle Luftfahrtmuseum[3]

General characteristics
  • Crew: two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 7.49 m (24 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 27.6 m2 (297 ft2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Oberursel U.0, 60 kW (80 hp) each

Performance

NotesEdit

  1. Gray 1970 p. 339.
  2. Taylor 1989 p. 402.
  3. Das Virtuelle Luftfahrtmuseum

ReferencesEdit

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 402. 
  • Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam & Company Ltd.. p. 339. ISBN 0 370 00103 6. 
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