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Kondor Dreidecker

Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype

Imperial Germany | 1917

"Excessive vibrations, even after an engine change, doomed the Kondor Dreidecker triplane fighter attempt of World War 1."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Kondor Dreidecker Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype.
1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled geared engine developing 160 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
96 mph
155 kph | 84 kts
Max Speed
18,045 ft
5,500 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
155 miles
250 km | 135 nm
Operational Range
800 ft/min
244 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Kondor Dreidecker Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype.
18.0 ft
5.50 m
O/A Length
23.0 ft
(7.00 m)
O/A Width
9.7 ft
(2.95 m)
O/A Height
882 lb
(400 kg)
Empty Weight
1,213 lb
(550 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Kondor Dreidecker Single-Seat, Single-Engine Triplane Fighter Prototype .
2 x 7.92mm machine guns over the nose synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Notable series variants as part of the Kondor Dreidecker family line.
Kondor Dreidecker - Base Series Name; single flyable example completed in 1917.

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Kondor Flugzeugwerke of Essen, Germany (then the German Empire) was committed to building Albatros B.II and B.IIa series biplane fighters during World War 1 until, in mid-1917, the company benefitted from the arrival of designers Walther Rethel and Paul G. Ehrhardt who, previously, had served with competing LVG (Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft). The first original aircraft put forth by the company then became the Kondor "Dreidecker", a triplane-winged single-seat, single-engine fighter.

In prototype form, this aircraft recorded a first-flight during October 1917. However, the design underperformed with its original engine (unknown make and model) and was re-engined with a Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled powerplant of 160 horsepower output (this still driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose). In this form, the triplane did no better for excessive vibrations, unable to be overcome, ultimately doomed the project to the single prototype.

The Kondor D.1, a more conventionally-arranged biplane fighter design, was being developed at the same time but even this model appears to have fared no better.

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Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Kondor Flugzeugwerke - German Empire
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