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Kondor Dreidecker

Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype

Kondor Dreidecker

Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype

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OVERVIEW



Excessive vibrations, even after an engine change, doomed the Kondor Dreidecker triplane fighter attempt of World War 1.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1917
MANUFACTURER(S): Kondor Flugzeugwerke - German Empire
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kondor Dreidecker model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 18.04 feet (5.5 meters)
WIDTH: 22.97 feet (7 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.68 feet (2.95 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 882 pounds (400 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 1,213 pounds (550 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled geared engine developing 160 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 96 miles-per-hour (155 kilometers-per-hour; 84 knots)
RANGE: 155 miles (250 kilometers; 135 nautical miles)
CEILING: 18,045 feet (5,500 meters; 3.42 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 800 feet-per-minute (244 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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



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


HISTORY



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.




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    This entry's maximum listed speed (96mph).

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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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