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LTG FD.1


Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft


Imperial Germany | 1917



"The LTG FD.1 biplane floatplane fighter was developed against a German Navy fighter requirement during World War 1."



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Luft Torpedo Gesellschaft (LTG) of Germany delivered for the German Navy of World War 1 (1914-1918) the FD.1 Floatplane Fighter. This particular floatplane was developed to a specific Navy requirement and a total of six were ultimately delivered during the fighting, deliveries spanning from early-1917 until early-1918. At least one example was used for testing various weight load. Power for the aircraft was served through a single Benz Bz III series engine developing 150 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.

The aircraft exhibited a traditional biplane wing arrangement consistent with the period. The fuselage was as streamlined as possible which included qualities like an enlarged spinner for the nose and slab sides for the body. A long vertical fin was set at the tail as were low horizontal planes. The aircraft carried a sole operator and he was seated aft of the upper wing element - a section of the wing cut-out for the operator's view. Single bays were used along the biplane wing configuration. Twin floats made up the undercarriage with a strut network used to brace the aircraft during landing and take-off.

As a fighter, the FD.1 carried 2 x 7.92mm machine guns in the upper forward fuselage, synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades by way of interrupter gear.

The aircraft was also known under the SD.1 designation.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the LTG FD.1 Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft.
1 x Benz Bz III engine developing 150 horsepower driving two-bladed propeller in the nose.
Propulsion
90 mph
145 kph | 78 kts
Max Speed
222 ft/min
68 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the LTG FD.1 Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft.
1
(MANNED)
Crew
29.5 ft
9.00 m
O/A Length
32.8 ft
(10.00 m)
O/A Width
11.6 ft
(3.55 m)
O/A Height
1,973 lb
(895 kg)
Empty Weight
2,568 lb
(1,165 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the LTG FD.1 Floatplane Biplane Fighter Aircraft .
2 x 7.92mm machine guns over forward fuselage.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the LTG FD.1 family line.
FD.1 - Base Series Designation
SD.1 - Alternative Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the LTG FD.1. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 6 Units

Contractor(s): Luft Torpedo Gesellschaft (LTG) - Imperial Germany
National flag of the German Empire

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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (90mph).

Graph Average of 75 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Production Comparison
6
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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MARITIME / NAVY
Recognition
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