The Great War Flying Museum

To honour the pilots who served with gallantry and distinction during the Great War of 1914 – 1918.

Fokker D.VII

  • Registration: C-GWWI
  • Paint Scheme: Blue, red and white, Hauptmann Rudolf Berthold
  • Year Completed: 1977
  • First Flight: 5 November 1977
  • Plan set used: Rousseau Aviation
  • Engine Type: Fairchild Ranger 6-440-C5 (inverted)
  • Major rebuilds in: 2003, 1991
  • The Fokker DVII was the first aircraft built completely in house at the Great War Flying Museum. It was constructed using the same plan set as the replicas built for the film The Blue Max, except powered by an inverted Ranger engine rather than the Gypsy Queen. It was originally painted in the all white colours of Fok. D.VII 5125/18 as flown by Oblt Hermann Göering while in Jagdgeschwader I. In 1991 the aircraft was repainted complete with lozenge pattern to represent Hptm Rudolf Berthold’s aircraft from Jadgdeschwader II bearing his winged sword insignia. This was briefly over-painted in the fall of 2003 while on the set of the film The Aviator(2003) so as to represent an all red D.VII from the film Hell’s Angels (1930). Once the temporary paint was removed the aircraft was returned to its red and blue Berthold colours.

The D-VII was seriously damaged in a crash at Geneseo, NY, in 2007. Read about the rebuild.

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