Schütte-Lanz D.III

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Schütte-Lanz D.III
Role fighter
Manufacturer Luftfahrzeugbau Schütte-Lanz
Designer Walter Stein
First flight January 1918
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built 1

The Schütte-Lanz D.III was a German fighter prototype during World War I. It participated in the first Idflieg D competition at Adlershof, Germany in January and February 1918. It was a conventional single-bay staggered biplane with N-type interplane struts. Of wooden construction with fabric skinning, the D.III revealed an unspectacular performance and production was never continued.


The Dr.I was a triplane using the fuselage, empennage, engine and undercarriage (apart from a slightly repositioned tailskid) of the D.III. The new wings had a smaller span (6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)) but had single bays and N-struts as before. The centre wing was attached to the upper fuselage and the upper one supported over the cockpit on a N-strutted cabane. Unusually, though there was stagger between the lower pair of wings, there was none between the upper two. The Dr.I took part in the second D competition, held from 27 May to 28 June 1918.


Data from The Complete Book of Fighters[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Gross weight: 860 kg (1,896 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed pitch propeller


  • Maximum speed: 195 km/h; 105 kn (121 mph)
  • Rate of climb: 2.61 m/s (514 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 3 minutes, 5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 31.9 minutes


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


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


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