was the last German fighter deigned and built by Anthony
Fokker during World War I. He ended the War as he started,
with a monoplane design. Unlike his earlier 1916 Fokker
E-III “Eindekker”, this one had a cantilever
wing and had no external bracing wires. It had been designed
to take advantage of an abundance of rotary engines that
were available and offered much improved visibility over
the biplane design. Because it arrived in the last few
weeks of the War it did not have very long to prove itself.
Using a thicker than normal airfoil section for the period,
Fokker created a wing that was internally strong enough
to not need external bracing wires or struts. Pilots were
initially distrustful of the non-braced wing design but
it gained favor as a good replacement for the Fokker Triplane.
learn about the personal history of our very own Fokker
D-VIII as well as comments from Kermit Weeks, please visit
our beautiful art deco facility and old-fashioned hangars.
photo by Jamie Beckett)