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Pfalz D.III


Biplane Fighter Aircraft


Imperial Germany | 1917



"The Pfalz D.III excelled in dive attacks on Allied observation balloons."



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The Pfalz D.III was an exceptional aircraft produced in large numbers by Bavaria for Bavarian forces and; later, Imperial German air forces. The D.III biplane was a agile fighter capable of high-speed diving attacks and excelled at attacking Allied reconnaissance balloons and aircraft alike. Two 7.92mm machine guns complimented the system well and production ballooned by 1918.

Bavarian forces were the first to receive the highly-acclaimed Pfalz D.III's as control of the factories was Bavarian to begin with. Ultimately, German pilots would receive the units and they would begin to play a role on the Western Front, though appearing in large numbers to little too late to effect the outcome of the war.

The success of the Pfalz D.III system produced variants and an offshoot that improved upon the base system in the Pfalz D.XII, which reconfigured the radiator closer to the engine and featured other minor improvements to capabilities.

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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 Pfalz D.IIIa Biplane Fighter Aircraft.
1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 160 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Propulsion
103 mph
165 kph | 89 kts
Max Speed
16,995 ft
5,180 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
820 ft/min
250 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Pfalz D.IIIa Biplane Fighter Aircraft.
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(MANNED)
Crew
22.8 ft
6.95 m
O/A Length
30.8 ft
(9.40 m)
O/A Width
8.8 ft
(2.67 m)
O/A Height
1,532 lb
(695 kg)
Empty Weight
2,061 lb
(935 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Pfalz D.III Biplane Fighter Aircraft .
STANDARD:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 Spandau machine guns
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Pfalz D.III family line.
D.III - Base Production Model Designation
D.IIIa - Guns repositioned to upper decking to assist pilot in clearing weapons of jams; subtle changes to horizontal stabilizer and wingtips; appearing in November of 1917; at least 430 examples produced.
D.XII - Further development of the D.III featuring reconfiguration of radiator placement; improved engine performance.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Pfalz D.III. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 600 Units

Contractor(s): Pfalz Flugzeug-Werke GmbH - Germany
National flag of the German Empire

[ Bavaria; German Empire ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (103mph).

Graph Average of 90 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
600
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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