Fokker DR.1 Dreidecker

This Dreidecker (“triplane”) is a reproduction at the Luftwaffe Museum in Gatow.

According to Wikipedia, 320 of these machines were built, but only three are thought to have survived WW1.

  1. Serial 528/17 was retained as a testbed by the Deutschen Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt (German Aviation Research Institute) at Adlershof. After being used in the filming of two movies, 528/17 is believed to have crashed sometime in the late 1930s.
  2. Serial 152/17, in which Manfred von Richthofen obtained three victories, was displayed at the Zeughaus museum in Berlin, but was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid during World War II.
  3. In 1932, Fokker assembled a Dr.I from existing components. It was displayed in the Deutsche Luftfahrt-Sammlung in Berlin. In 1943, the aircraft was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid.

Today, only a few original Dr.I artifacts survive in museums, all complete airframes are reproductions.

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