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Kondor D.I (Kondorlaus)


Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft


Imperial Germany | 1917



"The Kondor D.I of German Empire origination failed to meet performance expectations and was redrawn to become the D.II fighter prototype for the company."



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The Kondor D.I (unofficially named the "Kondorlaus") was a twin-gunned, single-seat prototype biplane fighter developed by the German Empire concern of Kondor Flugzeugwerke during World War 1 (1914-1918). The aircraft was developed alongside Kondor's other offering, the triplane-equipped "Dreidecker". Tested in 1917, the D.I was found to be lacking performance and was eventually evolved into the D.II prototype by the company. The designs were credited to Walter Rethel and Paul G. Ehrhardt.

The biplane wing arrangement in the D.I was of unequal span, meaning that the upper section was longer in span than the lower. A single bay was set to each side of the fuselage and V-type struts added strength to each wing element (as did the usual cabling). The fuselage held the engine at the nose in typical fashion, a single-seat open-air cockpit, and a tapered aft-end. The tail unit was conventional with its single vertical plane and low-set horizontal planes. The undercarriage was of the typical "tail-dragger" type for ground-running. Power was supplied by a single Gnome-Monosoupape rotary engine developing 100 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose. Proposed armament for the fighter was to become 2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns with up to 500 rounds of ammunition carried aboard.

As built, the D.I has an empty weight of 855lb with a loaded weight of 1,255lb. Length was 15.10 feet with a wingspan of 24.11 feet and a height of 7.10 feet.

In Autumn of 1917, the aircraft was put through its paces through the requisite trials but was soon found to be an underperforming machine, resulting in the D.I being taken back to the drawing boards and reemerging to become the Kondor D.II (detailed elsewhere on this site).

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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 Kondor D.I Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft.
1 x Gnome-Monosoupape rotary engine developing 100 horsepower and driving a two-bladed wooden propeller at the nose.
Propulsion
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Kondor D.I Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft.
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(MANNED)
Crew
15.9 ft
4.85 m
O/A Length
24.9 ft
(7.60 m)
O/A Width
7.9 ft
(2.40 m)
O/A Height
860 lb
(390 kg)
Empty Weight
1,257 lb
(570 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Kondor D.I (Kondorlaus) Biplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft .
PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Kondor D.I (Kondorlaus) family line.
D.I ("Kondorlaus") - Base Prototype Name; single example completed.
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Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Kondor Flugzeugwerke - German Empire
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