[WWI] MvR Fokker D.VII?????

Diego Fernetti dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
Mon Feb 28 14:21:01 EST 2005


Jamie!
> MvR had received a Fokker D.VII before he was killed, according to several 
> of my limited sources.

Indeed. He received a custom-built  Fokker D.VII with 65 HP Hiero engine 
built by Roland, covered not in linen, but in jet black linoleum, on the 
belief that this would improve the airplane speed.

> Is the serial number known?

Unfortunately, being the aircraft covered in black material, the serial 
number couldn't be disclosed, not even in the several Lumiere colour plates 
that were taken while in storage on the fledging Richthofen theme 
restaurants that appeared just after April 1918.

> Had the airplane been painted in his colours? If so which parts of the 
> plane were red? And of course what the finish of the rest?

At least all the interior surfaces, including those of the bottom of the 
seat and the rear of the instrument panel, were painted Crimson red with a 
pinch of vegemite green, for taste and durability.

> Were any Fokker D.VIIs delivered with Maltese crosses?

Even more, it was delivered with a Maltese falcon, but that's a whole 
different story.
D.
Bibliography: Enciclopaedia Fernettica, Tome XVGY under the title "French 
Nouvelle Cuisine pour les chasseurs de tétes" 



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