Fokker D.XXI

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Fokker D.XXI
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Fokker D.XXI
AB RB SB
2.0 2.0 1.7
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Description

The Fokker D.XXI is a premium rank II Swedish fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB) and 1.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 000 m425 km/h
Turn time16 s
Max altitude10 100 m
EngineBristol Mercury Mercury VIII
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight2 t

The Fokker D.XXI is a fairly pleasurable aircraft to play. Its manoeuvrability is quite good, being able to outturn a lot of aircraft of this BR. Also, its climb rate is great for its BR. However, keep in mind that it it rather slow, and might not be able to keep up with other fighters.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 409 399 10100 16.7 17.4 11.7 11.6 150
Upgraded 440 425 15.3 16.0 17.2 14.2

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
735 290 N/A N/A 240 ~15 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 320 < 240 < 500 > 320

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural735 km/h
Gear290 km/h
  • No armour
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (1 in front of pilot)

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 790 Sl icon.png
RB1 300 Sl icon.png
SB290 Sl icon.png
Crew training2 300 Sl icon.png
Experts15 000 Sl icon.png
Aces130 Ge icon.png
Research Aces320 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 40 / 70 / 100 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate468 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate1 600 shots/min

The Fokker D.XXI is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Oerlikon FF cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm FN-Browning M.36 No.3 machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

The Fokker D.XXI is highly agile for its class. This allows it to comfortably defend itself against most opponents, that will often struggle to get a good shot. The downside to its maoeuvrability is its speed. The Fokker D.XXI is quite primitive, with a lot of drag coming from both the landing gear and wing-mounted cannons. This makes the Fokker D.XXI unable to run away from most opponents, as even some biplanes are capable of catching up. This doesn't mean the plane is weak however, as the engine provides well over 700 horsepower to this light machine, allowing it to climb high above most targets.

The strategy when using the Fokker D.XXI should be to make the plane as light as possible, while using the engine to gain a height advantage. This can be achieved by taking the minimum amount of fuel, and putting the plane to a ~15° climb at take-off. This ensures that the plane will be the lightest aircraft at altitude, making any dogfight at height favorable, as most planes capable of reaching this height are much more cumbersome in comparison. Once the opponents up high have been cleared, the Fokker D.XXI is able to make use of the altitude to boom & zoom opponents below with ease, as the plane can safely dive without damaging itself.

Msg-info.png Pilots more comfortable with dogfighting can utilize the Landing flaps when stalling, to quickly flip back over. This allows for some advanced tactics against slower opponents.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful armament consisting of 2 x 20 mms and 2 x 7.7 mms, can easily start fires and shred biplanes
  • Above average climb rate for its BR
  • Only one fuel tank, so fires usually would not be started if the aircraft was tailed
  • Great turn time (16 seconds in RB)
  • Engine takes a while to overheat on WEP
  • Does not rip or even compress at little over 600 km/h, allowing it to safely dive on its opponents
  • Short takeoff run
  • As a premium aircraft, has better SL and RP rewards than regular aircraft
  • Fixed landing gear makes landings easier and more simplified

Cons:

  • Rather slow for its BR
  • Only has landing flaps
  • 20 mm cannons technically only have 60 rounds (60 rounds per gun, but they fire at the same time)
  • Cannons have a rather slow rate of fire
  • Cannons easily overheat after a short time of continuous firing
  • No armour

History

Devblog

Development of what would become the Fokker D.XXI began in late 1934 with engineers at the Fokker company seeking to design a modern fighter aircraft, incorporating some of the latest aviation technologies. In 1935, the Dutch Air Force ordered the construction of a prototype which would be evaluated by its East Indies branch, as a result of the aircraft being seen as suitable for defending Dutch overseas assets.

Although its maiden flight in 1936 showed enough promise, the fate of the Fokker D.XXI was "hanging in the air" for a time due to a change in doctrine within the Dutch Air Force. As a result, Fokker began looking into promoting the aircraft on the export market, hoping to find foreign customers.

Fortunately, Fokker received interest from both Denmark and Finland to purchase a number of aircraft as well as rights to production. At the same time, domestic interest was also revived, resulting in the start of production in 1937.

Despite being a Dutch design, the Fokker D.XXI was predominantly produced and employed by Finland. Having built and operated around ⅔ of all D.XXIs, the Finnish Fokkers distinguished themselves during the Winter and Continuation War, although with less success in the latter due to their dated design. The Dutch Fokkers also put up a stiff resistance to the invading German forces in May 1940, shooting down a number of enemy aircraft, including several superior Messerschmitt Bf 109s. In the end, approximately 150 D.XXIs were built, serving up until 1949 with Finnish forces.

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Similar Swedish aircraft

Comparable aircraft

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Fokker
Fighters  Fokker D.XXI

Sweden fighters
ASJA  J6B
Saab  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
FFVS  J22-A · J22-B
(Finland) VL  Mörkö-Morane · VL Myrsky II · Pyörremyrsky
(Netherlands) Fokker  Fokker D.XXI
Foreign Import  J8A · Iacobi's J8A · J11 · J20 · J26 · ▄Bf 109 G-6

Sweden premium aircraft
Fighters  Iacobi's J8A · Fokker D.XXI · VL Myrsky II · Pyörremyrsky · Mörkö-Morane · ▄Bf 109 G-6
Jet fighters  J29D · J35A
Strike aircraft  SAAB-105OE