German Fighter Aircraft in World War I

Design, Construction and Innovation

Mark C. Wilkins

Fully illustrated overview of the development and different types of German Fighter aircraft during World War I
Publication date:
September 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Series :
Casemate Illustrated Special
Illustration :
400 photographs and diagrams and 10 color profiles
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ISBN : 9781612006192

Dimensions : 254 X 203 mm
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• Accessible, fully illustrated book explaining how German fighter aircraft became so advanced during World War I, giving the edge to aces like the Red Baron
• The author explains how the design process not only facilitated a great aircraft for a given price point, but also enabled mass production in an efficient and systematic way—in strident contrast to some of the Allied aircraft
• Includes unpublished images including photographs of surviving aircraft, archive images, and uses models and replicas to show the details of aircraft that were kept top secret during the war

Fighter aircraft were developed by during World War I at an unprecedented rate, as nascent air forces sought to achieve and maintain air supremacy. German manufacturers innovated at top speed, while constantly scrutinizing the development of new enemy aircraft. The Germans also utilized the concept of systematic production or modular engineering during the war—Fokker capitalized on this aspect with all his aircraft built in a similar fashion—wooden wings with welded steel fuselages. This meant that they could be disassembled or reassembled quickly in the field—unlike many Allied aircraft. Pfalz and Albatros were the first to realize the importance of a streamlined fuselage—the precursor to all that would follow. Both of these companies built semi-monocoque fuselages using plywood to develop semi-stressed skin—the Allies had nothing like this. The Germans also perfect powerful inline engines, as exemplified by the Albatros fighters. These engines did not have the gyroscopic effect of the rotary engines and as such were easier and more stable to fly. Fokker was slow to give up his rotary engines but once he did, the result was the iconic Fokker D VII—years ahead of its time and the only aircraft specifically mentioned in the Treaty of Versailles that Germany could not build after the war.

German Fighter Aircraft in World War I explores how German fighter aircraft were developed during the war, the innovations and trials that made the Fokker D VII possible, and the different makes and types of aircraft. Using unpublished images including photographs of surviving aircraft, archive images, and models and replicas, it shows details of aircraft that were kept top secret during the war. Extensively illustrated with 140 photos and ten color profiles, this is will be essential reading for all WWI aviation enthusiasts and modellers.


Copiously illustrated with both contemporary photographs and drawings and those showing preserved examples and modern reproductions in great detail, this is an invaluable book for modellers tackling these early airframes.
Scale Aviation Modeller International