Schütte-Lanz D.I

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D.I
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Schütte-Lanz
Designer Walter Stein
First flight 1915
Introduction never
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Produced 1915
Number built 1

The Schütte-Lanz D.I was a German single-seat biplane fighter, often said to be Germany's first biplane attack aircraft. The D.I was light-weight and made of wood covered in fabric, apparently based on the British design of the Sopwith Tabloid.

Operational history[edit]

After Idflieg testing in 1915, the plane was rejected on the grounds that the biplane design afforded less vision to the pilot than a monoplane and was as such unsuitable for use as a fighter. A modified version, the Schütte-Lanz D.II was produced in the same year.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Oberursel U.0 7-cyl. air-cooled rotary piston engine, 60 kW (80 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 135 km/h (84 mph; 73 kn)

Bibliography[edit]

  • William Green and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Colour Library Direct, Godalming, UK: 1994. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.