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  • 5 22 16 - 12th Annual Cole and Rita Palen Memorial Free-Flight Meet
  • 6 4 16 - Mid-Hudson R/C Annual Spring Fun-Fly
  • 6 5 16 - Mid-Hudson R/C Annual Spring Fun-Fly
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Fokker D.VII



The Fokker D.VII is amongst the best-known aircraft of the First World War, and was considered by many to be the best fighter of its time. The D.VII had the unique ability to hang on its prop while the nose was pitched upward. It also had exceptional slow flight characteristics and was quite maneuverable.

This aircraft has an original 200 HP Mercedes in-line, six-cylinder, water-cooled engine and was built from plans obtained from a captured German aircraft. The construction of the Fokker is identical to the original, using the same materials and techniques. This aircraft is one of the most famous planes of World War I and is a weekly star performer in our shows. Built by Cole Palen and Ken Cassens, it was the last aircraft Cole built that he had the opportunity to see fly at the Aerodrome before he passed away in 1993.