Schütte-Lanz D.IV

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D.IV
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Schütte-Lanz
Designer Walter Stein
First flight 1917
Number built 1

The Schütte-Lanz D.IV was a German fighter prototype during World War I. It was developed in parallel with the Schütte-Lanz D.III, however the two fighters had nothing in common. The D.IV was made of wood and was a single-bay staggered biplane with N-type interplane struts and ailerons on both upper and lower mainplanes. It first flew in late 1917 and was found to be inferior to the Schütte-Lanz D.III, and as a result production was not started.

A second prototype, designated D.IVa, was built with minor improvements including a frontal radiator and revised undercarriage.

Specifications[edit]

Data from The Complete Book of Fighters[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
  • Empty weight: 695 kg (1,532 lb)
  • Gross weight: 886 kg (1,953 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IIIbo V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 160 kW (220 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch wooden propeller

Performance

  • Time to altitude: 5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 14 minutes

Armament

  • Guns: 2 x 7.9 mm (0.311 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Green, William; Gordon Swanborough (1997). The Complete Book of Fighters. London: Salamander Books Limited. p. 520. ISBN 1-85833-777-1. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Green, William; Gordon Swanborough (1997). The Complete Book of Fighters. London: Salamander Books Limited. p. 520. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.