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Pfalz D.III


Biplane Fighter Aircraft (1917)


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/31/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1917

Origin
Imperial Germany national flag graphic
Imperial Germany

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
1

Production
600
UNITS


Pfalz Flugzeug-Werke GmbH - Germany
National flag of the German Empire Bavaria; German Empire
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.


Length
22.8 ft
(6.95 m)
Width/Span
30.8 ft
(9.40 m)
Height
8.8 ft
(2.67 m)
Empty Wgt
1,532 lb
(695 kg)
MTOW
2,061 lb
(935 kg)
Wgt Diff
+529 lb
(+240 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Pfalz D.IIIa production variant)
Installed: 1 x Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 160 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
103 mph
(165 kph | 89 kts)
Ceiling
16,995 ft
(5,180 m | 3 mi)
Rate-of-Climb
820 ft/min
(250 m/min)


♦ 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


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Pfalz D.IIIa production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
STANDARD:
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 Spandau machine guns


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0


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.


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