EARLY STAGE: Dick Schenck with the repaired Fokker Dr.I framework
FINAL STAGE: Dick with finished Dr.I
Jim and Terry build access hatches
Tom and Ted run cables.
Tom and Bill prep the leading edge with cotton flannel.
Slipping on the fabric wing covering bag.
Wayne uses heat to shrink the covering.
Bill applies first coat of dope.
Jim applies tape over the ribs.
A well covered wing is a work of art!
Bill and Dick tie down the turtle deck.
Greg, Jim and Tom precover the cheek pieces.
Tom, Carl and Roger work on the fuselage bag.
Roger putting on some finishing touches.
Carl and Tom sanding the aluminum dope undercoat.
Wayne helps with the marking.
Greg, Bill and Roger install the landing gear.
Ted applies his strength to the landing gear bungies.
Dick preps pieces for riveting.
Ron assembles the ammo guide chutes.
Greg, Ron and Roger fit the firewall.
Greg works on the cowl retention piece.
Roger and Geg get a first look at the just rebuilt LeRhone engine.
80 hp LeRhone rotary engine in place.
Ron installs the finished ammo supply chutes.
Just dreaming of how it's going to be.
Our own composite paint scheme and the new name of our organization.
Ted, Roger and Tom begin color coats.
Carl beginning to reattach the painted parts.
One wing in place.
Not yet ready for dawn patrol!
One way to make attaching the upper wing easier. No wind that day!
Lowering the fuselage now with the upper wing in place.
Roger, Bryan and Ron taking a rest after a satisfying day.
Mike works on the interplane struts.
It is beginning to look like a real plane!
Ron mills out the pieces for the control column grips.
Ron working on control column assembly.
Mike and Sanford shaping the windscreen pieces.
Carl playing the wing skid guitar.
Greg adding gas for the first engine run tests.
Ted pumping castor oil with Greg and Dave for the first test runs.
Mike McMains with his masterpiece.
Test fitting the cowl.
Mike and Al do some reshaping to allow for engine clearance.
Ted, Mike, Al and Tom make sure of critical engine clearances.
Ron drills rivet holes in cowl/cable retainer ring.
Dave sets the rivets on the retainer ring.
Tom and Bill install the prop.
Roger F., Roger R. and Bill get the prop tightened down.
Carl works with the stencils.
Doug helps give the plane a good cleaning before the final coat of varnish.
Ted primes each cylinder through the exhaust valve prior to initial run test.
Carl poses with his rendition of the Werner Voss nose art. Tom transferred it to the cowl.
Weight and balance measurements.
The finished Fokker Dr.I looking like a real fighter plane!
Now it is ready for engine and taxi tests.
Fokker Dr.1 Triplane joins the lineup beside our 1909 Bleriot at the November fly-in.
Incredible progress seen here. They are only 9 years apart!
Rain is on the way. Team Fokker makes for the hanger.
Ted tops up the tank in preparation for more testing.
Intrepid pilot, Roger Freemen, waits patiently for photographer to climb down off his landing gear.
Ted and Roger agree on their signals.
CONTACT!! Ted must spin the entire LeRhone rotary engine not just the prop.
Takeoff on the maiden flight used very little runway.
Climb out was rapid in spite of only having the smaller 80hp LeRhone engine.
The first flight was very short and concentrated on testing the basic flight controls.
Turning onto final and getting ready for the trickiest part of the flight.
Good setup for the landing.
The first landing was a thing of beauty and a great relief.
When you are not actually flying, you can just talk about flying!
Most members of Team Fokker were proudly present. Photo: Jo Hunter <futurshox.net>
Team Fokker executes a well coordinated attack on the Chinese buffet.