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Siemens-Schuckert D.III

Biplane Fighter Aircraft

Siemens-Schuckert D.III

Biplane Fighter Aircraft

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Siemens-Schuckert D.III was plagued by engine troubles early on, delaying its use along the Front for a time.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1917
MANUFACTURER(S): Siemens-Schuckert Werke - Germany
PRODUCTION: 130
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Siemens-Schuckert D.III model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 18.70 feet (5.7 meters)
WIDTH: 27.66 feet (8.43 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.19 feet (2.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,177 pounds (534 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 1,598 pounds (725 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Siemens-Halske Sh III 11-cylinder air-cooled rotary engine developing 160 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 112 miles-per-hour (180 kilometers-per-hour; 97 knots)
CEILING: 26,247 feet (8,000 meters; 4.97 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,260 feet-per-minute (384 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



STANDARD:
2 x 7.92mm machine guns
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• D.I - Pilot trainer; Nieuport 11 direct copy; 95 produced.
• D.II - Prototype; Siemens-Halske Sh III 160 horsepower rotary engine; larger fuselage to accomodate new engine; larger propeller blades.
• D.II - Larger and wider fuselage
• D.IIa - Prototype
• D.IIb - Prototype
• D.IIc - 2 Prototypes (long and short wing span versions)
• D.IIe - Prototype
• D.III - Upgraded powerplant to Siemens-Halske 160 horsepower rotary engine.
• D.IV - Late arriving and post-Armistice production variant; 60 produced.
• D.V - Proposed sesquiplane variant
• D.VI - Parasol Monoplane variant becoming the E.I.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III Biplane Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 10/26/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Siemens-Schuckert D series of fighters evolved from captured French-made Nieuport 11 aircraft. The D.III appeared as an improved D.I - a design which arrived too late to be of much use and was therefore relegated to trainer. The D.III was developed from the D.IIc longer wing span prototype and featured a smaller propeller with shortened landing gears.

Production of the D.III began as an initial batch of fifty aircraft with all being received by the end of February 1918. The D.III was well-received by her pilots as she sported unparalleled climbing attributes vital in any dogfight. The honeymoon was soon over, however, as the 160 horsepower proved to overheat consistently after just 10 hours of operation time. While engine issues were ironed out, the D.III was pulled from service in favor of the Fokker D.VII. D.III systems were back in service by July 1918 with their engines adjusted for better cooling along with a redesigned rudder. Thirty of these "new build" D.III series aircraft were delivered and put into action immediately.

The D.III was eventually followed up with the D.IV, another D.series design developed from a D.IIc short wing span prototype.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (112mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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130

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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