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Kondor Dreidecker

Imperial Germany (1917)
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Type: Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Kondor Flugzeugwerke - German Empire
Production: 1


Excessive vibrations, even after an engine change, doomed the Kondor Dreidecker triplane fighter attempt of World War 1.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Kondor Dreidecker Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype.  Entry last updated on 8/8/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Kondor Flugzeugwerke of Essen, Germany (then the German Empire) was committed to building Albatros B.II and B.IIa series biplane fighters during World War 1 until, in mid-1917, the company benefitted from the arrival of designers Walther Rethel and Paul G. Ehrhardt who, previously, had served with competing LVG (Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft). The first original aircraft put forth by the company then became the Kondor "Dreidecker", a triplane-winged single-seat, single-engine fighter.

In prototype form, this aircraft recorded a first-flight during October 1917. However, the design underperformed with its original engine (unknown make and model) and was re-engined with a Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled powerplant of 160 horsepower output (this still driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose). In this form, the triplane did no better for excessive vibrations, unable to be overcome, ultimately doomed the project to the single prototype.

The Kondor D.1, a more conventionally-arranged biplane fighter design, was being developed at the same time but even this model appears to have fared no better.

Any available statistics for the Kondor Dreidecker Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype 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).






Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (96mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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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
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany (cancelled)
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kondor Dreidecker model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
18.04 ft


Meters
5.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
22.97 ft


Meters
7 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.68 ft


Meters
2.95 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
882 lb


Kilograms
400 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,213 lb


Kilograms
550 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled geared engine developing 160 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
96 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
155 kph


Knots
84 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
155 mi


Kilometers
250 km


Nautical Miles
135 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
18,045 ft


Meters
5,500 m


Miles
3.42 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
800 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
244 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm machine guns over the nose synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• Kondor Dreidecker - Base Series Name; single flyable example completed in 1917.