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Siemens-Schuckert D.III

Imperial Germany (1917)
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The Siemens-Schuckert D.III was plagued by engine troubles early on, delaying its use along the Front for a time.


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).

    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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130


  * 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): Siemens-Schuckert Werke - Germany
Production Units: 130
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
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.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
18.70 ft


Meters
5.7 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
27.66 ft


Meters
8.43 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.19 ft


Meters
2.8 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,177 lb


Kilograms
534 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,598 lb


Kilograms
725 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Siemens-Halske Sh III 11-cylinder air-cooled rotary engine developing 160 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
112 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
180 kph


Knots
97 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
26,247 ft


Meters
8,000 m


Miles
4.97 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,260 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
384 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

STANDARD:
2 x 7.92mm machine guns
Visual Armory:

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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.