- May 9, 2013
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The full-size Fokker Dr1 replica I flew had the same lack of yaw stability. I found it difficult to believe it was a good gun platform................... It was just as easy to fly sideways as it was with the ball in the middle. No tendency to "straighten up and fly right" at all. I'm guessing it was because it lacks a vertical stabilizer.........
As I recall from reading somewhere that is exactly what made it a good gun platform. The ability to aim the gun with the rudder pedals.The full-size Fokker Dr1 replica I flew had the same lack of yaw stability. I found it difficult to believe it was a good gun platform.
Seattle's Museum of Flight had an all-day symposium on WWI aviation. For me, one of the key points was a gentleman who owned a replica Sopwith Camel, complete with rotary engine. He equipped it with modern sensors and recorders and performed a complete modern-type flight test regime on it.Well, all those WW1 fighter pilots didn't know those airplanes flew sh*tty so they just flew them anyway.