German World War I flying Ace, Rittmeister Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, with his Fokker F.I 102/17 prototype. The F.I was the forerunner of the Fokker Dr.I triplane. Both planes were designed by Anthony Fokker's chief designer, Rheinhold Platz, and were powered by a 110hp, 9 cylinder Oberursel UR-II rotary engine. The Dr.I, or Dreidecker, had a remarkable rate of climb and could virtually turn in it's own length! The Baron stuck with the Dr.I, even when it was no longer in it's prime.
Further fascinating images see
Codi von Richthofen,
The Red Baron Gallery ©

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Comment by Andy Johnson on April 13, 2012 at 17:20

He died almost exactly 94 years ago - 21st April 1918. An incredibly effective fighter leader.

Comment by Mireille Picron on April 13, 2012 at 9:40

Wonderful !


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