[WWI] cdl monoplanes wasRe: In my grubby paws

David Layton sagittarius_rising at charter.net
Mon Oct 22 19:27:15 EDT 2012

I guess when they stripped the fabric off of E210/15, no one thought to save
a piece or two.

Does anyone have an in at the Science Museum in London?

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Subject: [WWI] cdl monoplanes wasRe: In my grubby paws

I guess I'll pipe in on CDL for Fokker monoplanes. For years I've doubted
that they were finished thusly. Just now going through the old E.III, E.I/II
and E.IV Datafiles, not a single photo shows anything that reveals any
structure underneath the fabric.(except the goofy celon covered thingy!). 
Ribs sometimes show up but that's because the tiny half-round battens that
hold the fabric down are being highlighted- but no spars or other internal
shadow casting doodads.. Two- possibly two photos show what might be a spar
shadow coming from within. Even if the fabric itself was dyed a pure black,
something would show through. German fabric was rather flimsy with a low
thread count- light would show through. The Fokker photos look nothing like
other CDL airpanes. There's a couple of photos floatin' around that have
both Pfalz and Fokker monoplanes and the Fokkers are way darker, with no
translucence whatsoever. The CDL thing must've gotten started decades when
there was no other solution to the problem, so somebody just gave up and
said "OK, crap- it's CDL".
As to what color(s) might have been used- not a clue!
RK....two Datafile covers in the oven right now. 

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