Fokker D XIV

1925

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Fokker D XIV

A semi-cantilever low-wing single-seat fighter monoplane originally intended for the 400hp Bristol Jupiter radial, the D XIV flew for the first time on 28 March 1925 with a 345hp Hispano-Suiza 8Fb eight-cylinder water-cooled engine. The wooden wing was braced by lift struts to the ends of the rigid undercarriage axle, and featured marked sweepback commencing immediately aft of the frontal radiator, the D XIV thus having an unusually abbreviated fuselage nose. Subsequent to initial flight trials, a 590hp HS 12Hb 12-cylinder engine was installed, this resulting in a somewhat more orthodox appearance. At the same time, the rear fuselage was lengthened for CG reasons and a smaller rudder fitted (the fighter had no fixed vertical surfaces). Armament consisted of two synchronised 7.92mm machine guns and the detachable engine mounting was so designed that various alternative power plants to the Hispano- Suiza could be fitted. The D XIV proved both fast and manoeuvrable, and test pilots of the German Reichswehr who evaluated the prototype commented favourably on its performance and stability as a gun platform. In the event, however, the prototype spun in, killing its pilot, and further development was discontinued.

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Fokker D XIVA three-view drawing (1280 x 892)

Specification 
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight1350 kg2976 lb
  Empty weight950 kg2094 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan10.76 m35 ft 4 in
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed274 km/h170 mph

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Aero-Fox, 17.09.2009 01:02

Swept wings! On a fighter from 1925! Astounding!

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