Saturday 1 September 2018

Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker E II Replica ZK-EII at Rangitata Island

Russell and Ross Brodie of East Canterbury Aviation Ltd have been building a 3/4 scale Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker E II Eindecker replica for some time, and it is getting quite close to slipping the surly bonds of earth.

The Eindecker is painted as 37/15 from 1915, and I believe that both Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann flew the original aircraft.

It was registered on 30/8/18 as ZK-EII3 (c/n 37/15) as an E III replica which was what the kit was (but the E II and E III looked very similar).

The original Fokker Eindecker (meaning single wing) was the first aircraft of WW 1 to be fitted with an interrupter gear which allowed the machine gun to fire through the propellor arc without hitting the propellor, and which heralded the "Fokker Scourge" when the Eindeckers gained air superiority over the RFC and the French between August 1915 and February 1916.

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