Duel Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I Western Front 1917-18 Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 80 pages
Amid the ongoing quest for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types achieved a measure of lasting mythic fame above and beyond their actual exploits. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but regarded as the most manoeuvrable machines to achieve production during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In actuality, the Camel's status as having scored the most victories of any single fighter during the war is largely undermined by all-too-frequent overclaiming on its pilots' parts. The Dr I's effectiveness was negated by early accidents due to poor quality control and, later, chronic seizing-up of its rotary engine during the summer of 1918, combined with the emergence of a superior successor, the Fokker D VII. On the other hand, both aeroplanes occupy legitimate places in the history of combat aircraft development - the Camel was the first British production fighter with twin machine guns, while the Dr I has the ironic distinction of being the first production fighter in history to feature a cantilever wing structure that did away with external bracing. This book will dispel myths and reveal the fascinating story of each plane's development. Moreover, this will be a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences as numerous first-hand accounts place the reader in the cockpit during the first aerial duels.