Fokker Dr.1 "Red Baron"
Item Number: FGF3
MSRP Price: $239.95
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This handcrafted Fokker Dr.I "Red Baron" 1/20 scale model is painstakingly built by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail. The Fokker Dr.I triplane was a World War I fighter aircraft, which saw widespread service in the spring of 1918. It became renowned as the aircraft in which Manfred von Richthofen gained his last 19 victories. During 1917, the Sopwith Triplane began to appear over the Western Front. The Sopwith swiftly proved itself superior to the Albatros fighters which were currently in use by the Luftstreitkräfte. Fokker-Flugzeugwerke responded by converting an unfinished biplane prototype into the V.4, a small, rotary-powered triplane with a steel tube fuselage and thick cantilever wings. Instead of submitting the V.4 for a type test, Fokker produced a revised prototype designated V.5. Richthofen first flew the Dr.I in September 1917 and shot down two enemy aircraft in two days. Richthofen recommended that fighter squadrons be reequipped with the new aircraft as soon as possible.
This specific Dr.I is painted as Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen's plane or "Red Baron" as he was widely known. Richhofen was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the top ace of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot. Richthofen was shot down and killed near Amiens in April 1918. He remains quite possibly the most widely-known fighter pilot of all time, and has been the subject of many books and films.
This handcrafted model is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail and makes a great gift for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.