Pfalz E.I

Pfalz E1Falz D3

One of many WWI myths of aeronautical history is that Fokker Eindeckers were simple ‘copies’ of French pre-war Morane-Saulnier monoplanes. In truth the only clones of these French designs were made by Pfalz Flugzeugwerke who entered a licence agreement in 1914 to build both the MS Type L and H. The resulting Pfalz E-Types were greatly inferior to their Fokker contemporaries and were never to enjoy the same popularity with pilots, nor the ranging Front-line service that the Schwerin-built fighters achieved. The Pfalz monoplanes were minor players in the air war and assigned to only a handful of squadrons. Several variants were built: E.I; E.II; E.III; E.V and E.VI, most of these being armed with a single synchronised IMG 08 machine gun.