Aviatik D.III

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Aviatik D.III
Role Fighter
National origin German
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight November 1917
Status Prototype only
Number built 2

The Aviatik D.III was a German prototype single-seater fighter plane from the First World War, designed by Aviatik. It became the basis for the Aviatik D.IV and Aviatik D.V. In November 1917, the plane was first flown, using a 195 hp Benz Bz IIIbo gearless engine. It was of similar design to the Aviatik D.II, and was armed with two LMG 08/15 machine guns. After several tests at Adlershof from February 9–12, 1918, the plane underwent modifications, as requested by the Idflieg. In April, a second prototype, powered by a Benz Bz IIIbm, although several D.III powered by the original IIIbo engine were already under production;[1] however, none of them were ever completed.[2]

Some have claimed that the Aviatik D.III was superior to the Albatros D.V.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8.47 m (27 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.08 m (10 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 21 m2 (230 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 864 kg (1,905 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz IIIbo 8-cylinder liquid-cooled V engine, 145 kW (195 hp)

Performance

  • Range: 720 km (447 mi; 389 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 0.11 m/s (22 ft/min)

Armament

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, William; Gordon Swanborough (2001). The complete book of fighters: an illustrated encyclopedia of every fighter aircraft built and flown. Salamander. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-84065-269-7. 
  2. ^ Gray, Peter Lawrence; Owen Gordon Thetford (1962). German aircraft of the First World War. Putnam. p. 285.