Pfalz D.VIII

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D.VIII
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Role Fighter
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Pfalz Flugzeugwerke GmbH
First flight 1918
Introduction 1918
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Produced 1918
Number built 40

The Pfalz D.VIII was a German World War I fighter aircraft.

Development[edit]

The D.VIII was approved for production arising from German initiatives in 1918 to develop superior fighter aircraft. Its power unit, the Siemens-Halske Sh.III rotary enabled the type to achieve a top speed of 120 miles per hour (190 km/h) at sea level. Armament was twin 7.92mm Spandau machine guns.

Production[edit]

Forty units were completed but as this was very near the end of the war, they were used mostly for evaluation purposes.

Specifications (D.VIII - (Sh III engine))[edit]

Data from German Aircraft of the First World War [1]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gray and Thetford 1962, p.509.
  2. ^ Green and Swanborough 1994, p.468.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cowin, H. W. "German and Austrian Aviation of World War I". Osprey Publishing Ltd, 2000. ISBN 1-84176-069-2
  • Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London:Putnam, 1962.
  • Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon. The Complete Book of Fighters. New York: Smithmark, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.

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