Fokker D VII Aces of the World war I Part 1 (Aircraft of the Aces Ser. #53)by Norman Franks, Greg VanWyngarden, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)
Designed in a great rush at the end of 1917 just in time to take part in the German standard fighter competition held in January/February 1918, the D VII easily walked away with first prize. As Germanys premier fighter unit, von Richthofens JG I (led by Hermann Göring in the wake of the 'Red Baron's' recent death) received the first examples of the D VII to reach the frontline in late April. Built to oppose the new generation of French SPAD XIIIs and British SE 5as and Camel fighters, the D VII was arguably the best all-round fighting scout of the Great War.
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Norman Franks is one of the worlds leading authorities on World War 1 fighter aviation, having published some of the seminal works on the subject.
Greg VanWyngarden had had a lifelong interest in World War 1 aviation, and has been particularly active in deciphering the colours and markings that decorated the various German fighters flown by the leading aces.
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