[WWI] Dr.I ailerons

Rick Geisler ragfokker at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 19 22:02:15 EDT 2007



Mark Said:
>The first Dr.I captured relatively intact was piloted by Stappelhorst.  His
>plane had asymmetric ailerons because of a repair, apparently, and the
>British intelligence department figured there had to be a logical reason
>for it.  They came up with a plausible aerodynamic reason, but it was
>apparently just a matter of what was on hand to swap out for a damaged
>aileron (Though why they had the older aileron on hand, I don't know.)  The
>older ailerons had the inner trailing edge tapered to meet the wing center
>section chord over a span of two ribs, the latter had the taper done over
>one.  Information from Imrie's Fokker Triplane book.
>
>Mark Shannon


Mark, Perhaps this is new info but.... All of my research material states 
their was a "Batch of DR1s delivered to Jasta 11 with the asymetrical 
ailerons. Windsock, Imries Triplane book, etc. Their are others pictured in 
these references with the arrangement per Stapenhorsts machine.
Rick G.

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