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The Fokker E.III Eindecker was a single-seat monoplane fighter. The aircraft was designed by Anthony Fokker at the beginning of 1915. The 'Fokker Scourge' and the total air domination by the Fokker Е.III ended at the beginning of 1916 with the appearance in service at the front of the DH-2 and the Nieuport 11.
Pilots noted good climb speed, excellent cockpit visibility, stability in maneuvers, good handling at low speeds. During service it became clear that water radiator doesn't cool the engine sufficiently. After modifying radiator facing, engine cowling and increasing airflow through the cylinders this problem was fixed.
Pilots' impressions about the aircraft were: its excellent climb performance, its all-round cockpit view, it was both easy to fly and responsive to the controls. The aircraft were produced at the Fokker Flugzeug-Werke and 285 aircraft were produced before the war's end.
Pilots noted good cockpit visibility, especially vertically down, and in a dive was faster than the Fokker D.VII. On June 30 1918 the plane entered service with combat squadrons.It was often used in combination with Fokker D.VII, usually operating at a lower altitude than the better climbing Fokker D.VII.
French pilots were eager to receive this plane. The second machine-gun increased firepower and the new engine made it fly and climb faster. Controls remained effective even at high altitudes. In a dive and level flight, the SPAD XIII was one of the fastest of the war. Pilots liked to say, "it dives faster than the wind!"
Pilot memoirs mention its first combat appearance was sometime in May 1916. Nieuport 17s were first deployed by France's N57 squadron. It was used to engage balloons, bombers and fighters. Pilots reported a good climb rate, speed and visibility. It also had excellent maneuverability which was very important in dogfights.
Some of the Nieuport 11s were equipped with special guides set out on the wing struts, for firing Le Prieur missiles at enemy airships and observation balloons. The Bebe remained in active military service until the summer of 1917, by which time more modern types of aircraft had replaced the Nieuport 11.
Camel pilots mentioned the well—balanced plane controls, the good pilot’s upward view and the high cruising speed. Due to the aircraft's unique balance, the plane could almost instantly change its heading. The typical combat scenario for the Camel pilot was a dogfight at low and mid altitudes, where the Camel had the advantage.
In evaluating the aircraft, pilots mentioned its structural durability, sufficient manoeuvrability, stability in dives and when firing machine guns, fine handling, and good sensitivity of controls at low speeds. When landing at high speed, the plane could not touch down due to its high wing lift.
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