Imperial Germany (1917)
The LVG D.III competed unsuccessfully for adoption into the German Air Service of World War 1.
Detailing the development and operational history of the LVG D.III Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft. Entry last updated on 10/26/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The D.III showcased lessons learned from previous attempts by LVG engineers. Its construction featured a semi-monocoque design with plywood skinning and landing wires were replaced by a more conventional strut network for robustness. A biplane planform was used that featured single bays with N-type struts. The undercarriage fitted two landing wheels with the rear of the aircraft supported by a simple skid arrangement. The pilot sat in an open-air cockpit just under and aft of the upper wingspan. Armament was 2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades. A large spinner was attached to the two-bladed propeller unit. Power to the aircraft was through a single NAG C.III series 6-cylinder inline engine of 185 horsepower and the completed design showcased a maximum speed of 109 miles per hour.
The D.III was developed to compete against the Albatros D.III series which gained a certain level of fame since its introduction in 1916. Whereas that airframe was produced in 1,866 examples (approximate), the LVG D.III only saw life as another "one-off" prototype - the aircraft judged to be too large and heavy for serious frontline service at a time when light, agile fighters were being sought.
As such, the D.III, like many of LVG's early attempts, was not furthered during the course of the war.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (109mph).
Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.