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Pfalz D.III

Imperial Germany (1917)
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The Pfalz D.III excelled in dive attacks on Allied observation balloons.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Pfalz D.III Biplane Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/18/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Pfalz D.III was an exceptional aircraft produced in large numbers by Bavaria for Bavarian forces and; later, Imperial German air forces. The D.III biplane was a agile fighter capable of high-speed diving attacks and excelled at attacking Allied reconnaissance balloons and aircraft alike. Two 7.92mm machine guns complimented the system well and production ballooned by 1918.

Bavarian forces were the first to receive the highly-acclaimed Pfalz D.III's as control of the factories was Bavarian to begin with. Ultimately, German pilots would receive the units and they would begin to play a role on the Western Front, though appearing in large numbers to little too late to effect the outcome of the war.

The success of the Pfalz D.III system produced variants and an offshoot that improved upon the base system in the Pfalz D.XII, which reconfigured the radiator closer to the engine and featured other minor improvements to capabilities.

Any available statistics for the Pfalz D.III 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: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (103mph).

    Graph average of 90 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: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Pfalz Flugzeug-Werke GmbH - Germany
Production Units: 600
Global Operators:
Bavaria; Imperial Germany
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Pfalz D.IIIa model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
22.80 ft


Meters
6.95 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
30.84 ft


Meters
9.4 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
8.76 ft


Meters
2.67 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,532 lb


Kilograms
695 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,061 lb


Kilograms
935 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 160 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
103 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
165 kph


Knots
89 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
16,995 ft


Meters
5,180 m


Miles
3.22 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
820 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
250 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

STANDARD:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 Spandau machine guns
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• D.III - Base Production Model Designation
• D.IIIa - Guns repositioned to upper decking to assist pilot in clearing weapons of jams; subtle changes to horizontal stabilizer and wingtips; appearing in November of 1917; at least 430 examples produced.
• D.XII - Further development of the D.III featuring reconfiguration of radiator placement; improved engine performance.