-Make sure to be careful on takeoff
-Has good flight characteristics
-Inspiration for story: https://youtu.be/CVw_mMw0r2Y
In late 1917, Fokker designed a new fighter. It was meant to be added to the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte's arsenal. The D.XVII sat a single pilot in a spacious cockpit. The D.XVII was introduced in early 1918 and served until the end of the war. This particular aircraft was flown by Lt. Adalwolf Balle, nicknamed the "Sky-Wolf". On August 21, 1917, Balle was engaged by a pair of English Sopwith Camels over enemy lines, having already shot down five aircraft that day. As he was being chased into no-man's-land, a friendly anti-aircraft unit accidentally fired at his plane. Both right wings were blown clean off, as well as Balle's engine being damaged. The explosion tore off his right leg and ruined the lower half of his body, and gave him a severe concussion (he lost the vision in his right eye due to this). Thinking that he would surely die, the two English pilots peeled away and returned to their friendly lines. However, Balle maintained control of his airplane, and in his own words "Through determination, sweat, and too much luck," managed to keep his craft steady. He flew the whole way back to his airfield, a total flight of about 25 minutes, with his airplane literally falling apart around him. Balle even managed to land his plane, only allowing himself to fall unconscious after taxiing the craft off the landing strip. By the time he landed, only the fabric around the tail remained, the rest having burned away. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Iron Cross, and was honorably discharged from service only days before the war ended.