What was the best fighter of WW1?

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What was the Best fighter of WW1

  1. Albatros IV

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  2. Fokker D V

    28.6%
  3. Sopwith Pup

    14.3%
  4. Sopwith Camel

    14.3%
  5. Spad

    14.3%
  6. SE5a

    28.6%
  7. Fokker Eindecker

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  1. kiwimac

    kiwimac Active Member

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    Give me your votes and then tell me why you think so. I'll let you know my opinion in due course. :D

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  2. bronzewhaler82

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    It has to be a toss-up between the Camel and the Se5 but i'm inclined towards the Se5... 8)

    This is a cool idea actually - i was thinking the other day that it would be cool to have a WW1 aircraft forum - it would be interesting to hear what people say :blob4:
     
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    Actually I think that the Camel and the SE5A were the Spitfire (Camel) and Hurricane (SE5A) of their day for exactly the same reasons, the SE5A was a much more stable, biddable beast than the Camel.

    However, I think the best fighter of WW1 is the Fokker DVII Which is what I meant to put in the poll but it somehow came out as Fokker D V.

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    Source: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/fokker-dvii.htm

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  5. bronzewhaler82

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    I firmly believe that the British had not only the best aircraft but the best pilots too - thats why we won the war in the air 8)
     
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    wasnt it something like 90% of all french planes got shot down in WW1? :|
     
  7. bronzewhaler82

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    Where did you hear that? it might be true...but the French DID have some excellent planes during WW1 and I do respect their airforce during that time...but during the 2nd WorldWar they really lost the plot ;)

    During WW1 they had the Neiuport 11 (excellent scout plane) and the Spad which was an excellent fighter (the model flown by Eddie Rickenbacker no less) 8)
     
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    Yes the Nieuport and the Spad were excellent machines. As for the British fighters, they were good, make no mistake, but the Fokker DVII and later Albatri were better.

    Like WW2, it wasn't so much the fineness of the machines as the fact that they were sorely outnumbered.

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  9. bronzewhaler82

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    I don't think the Germans were that badly outnumbered by us during WW1 ;)
     
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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    actually THEY outnumbered US................
     
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    Only during the opening phases of the war.

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    the reason so any french planes were shot down was because there was so many of them - nothing to do with how good/bad they were i dont think 8)
     
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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    i don't see how that works, how is it more were shot down 'cos there were so many, i mean the germans had more than the french....................
     
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    I like the Fokker E-types because they were one of the first to use interupter gears on their machine guns which proved deadly as the Allies soon found out. However it was out-classed when all others got the interupter gear on their aircraft.

    The Spads were the best I think, the prototype got to 122 mph, and climbed to 9843 ft in 15 minutes and twice that height in a hour. Although I have a cool picture of Nieuport XI 'Bebe' with 8 rockets...which would be decent to fly.
     
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    no i think the french had more planes than the germans....
     
  16. Anonymous

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    The SE5A kicked ass....Billy Bishop would have had more kills if he would have flown one the entire time...
     
  17. keoni121

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    well hands down the best fighter is anthony fokkers d VII. it out powers out flies out manuvers and flat out runs all of the compition. every pilot that every flew the dVII fell in love with it, i had a friend that taught me to flie years ago, frank tallman, who had many many hours in all the plains on you list, and the dVII was his favorite, and as a side note i have pics of me sittin in franks original sopwith camel, and in his dVII and i would rather fly the d VII myself
     
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    The D7 was an excellent machine but Siemens, Pfalz and Albatros FlugWerke were all producing excellent machines by the end of WW1, potentially better than either the D7 or the D8.

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  19. Anonymous

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    well i knew a man (frank tallman) who fles most of the planes from WWI and i mean originals, and he said the d VII was the best of the lot
     
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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    cool, i didn't think that were that many originals still flying................
     
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