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LTG FD.1

Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft

LTG FD.1

Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The LTG FD.1 biplane floatplane fighter was developed against a German Navy fighter requirement during World War 1.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1917
MANUFACTURER(S): Luft Torpedo Gesellschaft (LTG) - Imperial Germany
PRODUCTION: 6
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the LTG FD.1 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 29.53 feet (9 meters)
WIDTH: 32.81 feet (10 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.65 feet (3.55 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,973 pounds (895 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,568 pounds (1,165 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Benz Bz III engine developing 150 horsepower driving two-bladed propeller in the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 90 miles-per-hour (145 kilometers-per-hour; 78 knots)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 222 feet-per-minute (68 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



2 x 7.92mm machine guns over forward fuselage.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• FD.1 - Base Series Designation
• SD.1 - Alternative Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the LTG FD.1 Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 3/30/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Luft Torpedo Gesellschaft (LTG) of Germany delivered for the German Navy of World War 1 (1914-1918) the FD.1 Floatplane Fighter. This particular floatplane was developed to a specific Navy requirement and a total of six were ultimately delivered during the fighting, deliveries spanning from early-1917 until early-1918. At least one example was used for testing various weight load. Power for the aircraft was served through a single Benz Bz III series engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.

The aircraft exhibited a traditional biplane wing arrangement consistent with the period. The fuselage was as streamlined as possible which included qualities like an enlarged spinner for the nose and slab sides for the body. A long vertical fin was set at the tail as were low horizontal planes. The aircraft carried a sole operator and he was seated aft of the upper wing element - a section of the wing cut-out for the operator's view. Single bays were used along the biplane wing configuration. Twin floats made up the undercarriage with a strut network used to brace the aircraft during landing and take-off.

As a fighter, the FD.1 carried 2 x 7.92mm machine guns in the upper forward fuselage, synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades by way of interrupter gear.

The aircraft was also known under the SD.1 designation.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (90mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue