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Fokker Dr.I vs P-51 Mustang
Fokker Dr.I vs P-51 Mustang
Fokker Dr.I vs P-51 Mustang
Fokker Dr.I vs P-51 Mustang
Fokker Dr.I vs P-51 Mustang

Fokker Dr.I vs P-51 Mustang

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• Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
• 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
• Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem

This shirt is so soft that turbulence won’t wake you up.

  • Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
  • 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
  • Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem

World War I and World War II showed us a parade of aircraft that showed innovation and ingenuity. Shortly after the Wright Brothers invented the airplane in 1903, various designs for these amazing flying machines were created.

One of the famous WW1 airplanes was the Fokker Dr.I. First flown in 1918, the Dr.I is a small, rotary-powered triplane. It’s made with steel tube fuselage and sported thick cantilever wings. Compared to other WW1 planes at that time, the Dr.I was preferred because of its easy maneuverability. With a Dr.I, the pilot can create sharp turns which helped in avoiding enemy planes.

Why is the Fokker Dr.I so interesting? Well, the Dr.I is the aircraft that Manfred von Richthofen flew during the war. Richthofen is better known for his nickname, “The Red Baron.” Oh, and how did he get his nickname? He painted his Fokker Dr.I red.

By WW2, the North American P-51 Mustang became the most sought-after aircraft since its first flight in October 1940. There were about 15,000 units built until it was retired in 1984. Built by the North American Aviation, its main feature is its reliable engine and larger-than-average fuel load space. In its first design, it used the Allison engine. However, it could not sustain the aircraft at more than 15,000 feet. It was redesigned with a Merlin 61, a two-speed, two-stage, inter-cooled supercharger. The new engine gave the P-51 Mustang a top speed of 390 to 440 mph.

Now, who had flown the P-51 Mustang? Well, we’ve got Lt. Col. Thomas J. Hitchcock Jr. Also known as Tommy Hitchcock Jr., he was instrumental in the move to switch the Allison engine with the Merlin 61. He reported about the improvements in switching engines and recommended the immediate development of P-51s with Merlin 61.

Ready to do a deep dive into these amazing planes? Here’s a 45-min documentary on The Red Baron and his plane, and an hour and 5-mins on the P-51 Mustang. Go on, learn a little bit about history.

Launched on: March 10, 2020