Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA38308 is this superb 1/48 scale diecast model of Fokker DR.1 Dreidecker 425/17, Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, Jasta 11, JG.1, Cappy Aerodrome, France, 21st April, 1918. Special edition unlimited model in the Red Barons famous all-red paint livery..
Manfred von Richthofen, was the highest scoring German ace of World War One with eighty confirmed kills and a further twenty unconfirmed. With the nickname ‘the Red Baron’ he is possibly the most well known fighter ace of all time. Although best known for the all red triplane in which he was eventually shot down and killed, Richthofen actually flew several different triplanes.
Designed in response to the highly maneuverable Sopwith Triplane, the Fokker Dr.I was first flown in 1917 and was one of the most successful and recognizable combat aircraft of WWI, attributing much of its fame to the German WWI ace Manfred von Richthofen – the iconic “Red Baron”. Light weight, small size and three wings made the aircraft highly maneuverable and deadly in the hands of an expert pilot but very unforgiving of less experienced pilots. Common for airplanes of that era, a fixed crankshaft configuration allowed the entire engine to spin with the propeller, creating strong gyroscopic forces that adversely affected the airplane’s handling under power.