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Pfalz D.III

Biplane Fighter Aircraft

Pfalz D.III

Biplane Fighter Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



The Pfalz D.III excelled in dive attacks on Allied observation balloons.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1917
MANUFACTURER(S): Pfalz Flugzeug-Werke GmbH - Germany
PRODUCTION: 600
OPERATORS: Bavaria; Imperial Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Pfalz D.III model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 22.80 feet (6.95 meters)
WIDTH: 30.84 feet (9.4 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.76 feet (2.67 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,532 pounds (695 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,061 pounds (935 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 160 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 103 miles-per-hour (165 kilometers-per-hour; 89 knots)
CEILING: 16,995 feet (5,180 meters; 3.22 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 820 feet-per-minute (250 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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


HISTORY



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.




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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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600

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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