Designed with direct input from Manfred von Richtofen himself in response to the potent Sopwith Triplane, the Fokker Dr.I was perhaps the iconic aircraft of the First World War.
The Fokker dreidecker was outstandingly nimble, thanks to its unique wing and tail structures, and enormously popular with its crews. Richtofen (Manfred not Lothar) scored his final 20 victories in a Dr.I and was flying one when he was killed in 1918.
That being said, it was not without its flaws. It’s already obsolescent Oberursel Ur.II engine and high-drag design made it quite slow in level flight and dives. Also, thanks to shoddy construction materials and, (again) high drag, the dreidecker had a mean tendency to shed her wings at the most inopportune moments. The craft also frequently fell victim to ground looping and was quite difficult to land.