Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18

Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18




Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most maneuverable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and innovative cockpit-view artwork give a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences during the world's first aerial duels and explain their successes and failures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846032936
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/18/2008
Series: Duel Series , #7
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 7.24(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director, and contributing writer for the Weider History Group, which publishes Aviation History. Specializing in World War I aviation, he has written eleven titles in the past including the popular Balloon Busting Aces of World War I in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series. The author lives in Leesburg, VA.

Table of Contents

The Strategic Setting: a need for new fighters · Chronology of development, combat use · Design and development · Strategic situation: Flanders in the Summer of 1917 · Technical Specifications · The Combatants: RNAS, RFC, RAF, Luftstreitskräfte · Combat · Statistics and analysis · Aftermatch: swift eclipse, swift immortality

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