2 - 7.92 mm
19 ft. 4 in.
Fokker D-8 aircraft were the last production fighters of the company to be built prior to the end of World War I. Small numbers were deployed beginning in August of 1918. The War officially ended on Nov. 18, 1918.
The Fokker D-8 had a thick, highly undercambered wing meant to produce excellent lift at slow speeds. The aircraft was among the most maneuverable of the time. Although its engine only produced 110 h.p., the D-8 had less drag than biplanes and was reasonably fast.
Pilots found its flight characteristics forgiving and enjoyed excellent visibility from its cockpit.
The Fokker D-8 was designed to be uncomplicated and quick to assemble. It was supposed to be the fastest building German aircraft of the entire war. However, the rush to produce the aircraft has been named the major cause of weakness in the wings that caused at
least two pilots to lose their lives when wings failed during flight.
It was found that moisture penetrated the wooden parts of the wings, eventually rotting them. Wing spars were also found to be poorly assembled. Stronger rear main spars were added to the wings and assembly techniques modified to correct the problems.
Replacing defective wings resulted in delays, limiting the amount of aircraft that were produced before the war ended. Many aircraft were grounded awaiting new wings.
We are told of only a single encounter of the Fokker D-8 where it downed an enemy aircraft. It was on August 17, 1918 and is said to be the last such encounter of World War I. Ironically the same victorious aircraft crashed, killing its pilot, two days later when its wings failed.
By some accounts the Fokker D-8 is said to be the best dogfighter of World War I. However, there were not enough of the aircraft in service for any reliable record to be established.
A total of 289 Fokker D-8 aircraft were built. After the war a few were exported to countries around the world to be exhibited. Seven of the aircraft were used by Poland. The remainder were disassembled and their parts sold per the German surrender agreement.
The picture right above is of a 1/4 scale rc Fokker D-8 built from a Balsa USA kit. Its wingspan is 81" and length is 59 1/2". Power can come from .90 to 1.20 four cycle engines. Weight is around 13 lbs.
The rc Fokker D-8 pictured above is built by Nick Keley from Earl Stahl plans available from Bob Holman. Wingspan is 57". From .20 to .30 engines are recommended for power.
The rc Fokker D-8 park flyer from Kavan has a 34" wingspan, a 24" length and weighs around 13 1/2 oz. A geared Speed 280 motor is included with the model.
The Fokker D-8 built from an Aerodrome kit of wood construction. Its builder is Edi Werner. Wingspan is 55", and all up it weighs about 3 lbs. AXI 2220 or 2826 motors can power it.
Kit Cutters has a Fokker D-8 kit for sale made from Uncle Willies Plans. The scale model radio control airplane has a wingspan of 69" and length of .60". A .60 engine is the recommended power.
Kit Cutters has Fokker D-8 kits made from Cleveland plans with wingspans of 40", 53", and a giant scale 80".
Laser Works has a Fokker D-8 short kit made from RCM plans. Its wingspan is 55". Engines can be from .35 to .46 2C or
from .45 to .50 4C.
Precision Cut Kits has a 111" wingspan Fokker D-8 kit from Ron Weiss Plans.
Arizona Model Aircrafters has rc Fokker D-8 plans that build to wingspans of 28", 55", giant scale 83", and 111".
Dare Hobbies has a Fokker D-8 kit. It is designed by Pat Tritle. Wingspan is 45" and length is 33". It takes a geared Speed
400 motor to power the approximately 20 oz. model.