Fokker M.22

The Fokker M.22 was a Fokker biplane developed in the autumn of 1916 and accepted by the German army as a training aircraft with the designation Fokker D.V. Like all Fokker aircraft of this period, the M.22 suffered from low build quality, but it was a reasonably successful aircraft and was ordered in comparatively large numbers. 

The wings of the M.22 differed from those of the earlier biplanes. On the M.19/ D.II and M.21/ D.IV the upper and lower wings had both been straight. On the M.22 the straight lower wing was retained, but the upper wing was given a slight V-shape, with straight edges slanting back at 6 degrees from the centre of the aircraft. 

The fuselage tapered back to a horizontal knife edge, with the comma-shaped rudder and rectangular tail planes securely attached.

Power was provided by a 100hp Oberursal UR.I rotary engine, enclosed in a circular cowling and with a large spinner. This improved the streamlining of the aircraft, and thus the speed, but reduced airflow around the engine, which could overheat.

The M.22 was ordered as the Fokker D.V in October 1916, but with strict testing processes in place. In December 1916 all Fokker built aircraft were withdrawn from front line combat duties, and the D.V was joined by a number of earlier aircraft at the training units.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 October 2007), Fokker M.22 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_fokker_m22.html

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