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Winner of the April 1918 fighter competition, the Fokker D.VIII monoplane was delayed by production problems. Only thirty six of them entered service during the last weeks of the war. Equipped with an underpowered engine, the D.VIII was nevertheless an excellent fighter eagerly received by the German Air Service. Dubbed the "Flying Razor" by Allied pilots, it had the distinction of scoring the last aerial victory of the war.
 
Units
German Air Service: Jasta 1, 6, 19, 24, 36
 
Fokker D.VIII Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: Fokker Flugzeug-Werke GmbH
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: 1918
Number Built: About 290
Engine(s): Oberursel UR-II, 9 cylinder air cooled rotary, 110 hp
Wing Span: 27 ft 6.75 in
Length: 19 ft 4 in
Height: 9 ft 3 in
Empty Weight: 848 lb  (384 kg)
Gross Weight: 1,238 lb
Max Speed: 115 mph at sea level
Ceiling: 20,670 ft
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 2 Spandau machine guns
 
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