Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War I, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most manoeuvrable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and innovative cockpit-view artwork give a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences during the world's first aerial duels and helps explain their successes and failures.
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Table of Contents
The Strategic Setting: a need for new fighters · Chronology of development, combat use · Design and development · Strategic situation: Flanders in the Summer of 1917 · Technical Specifications · The Combatants: RNAS, RFC, RAF, Luftstreitskräfte · Combat · Statistics and analysis · Aftermatch: swift eclipse, swift immortality