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LTG FD.1

Imperial Germany (1917)
Picture of LTG FD.1 Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft

The LTG FD.1 biplane floatplane fighter was developed against a German Navy fighter requirement during World War 1.


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.

Any available statistics for the LTG FD.1 Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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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.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1917
Classification Type: Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Luft Torpedo Gesellschaft (LTG) - Imperial Germany
Production Units: 6
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the LTG FD.1 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
29.53 ft


Meters
9 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
32.81 ft


Meters
10 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.65 ft


Meters
3.55 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,973 lb


Kilograms
895 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,568 lb


Kilograms
1,165 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Benz Bz III engine developing 150 horsepower driving two-bladed propeller in the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
90 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
145 kph


Knots
78 kts


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
222 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
68 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

2 x 7.92mm machine guns over forward fuselage.
Visual Armory:

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