L.F.G. Roland D.IIa

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L.F.G. Roland D.IIa
Role Fighter
Manufacturer L.F.G. Roland
Designer Tantzen [1]
Introduction April 1917[2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ≤240 [note 1]
Developed from L.F.G. Roland D.II
Wingspan 8.89 m (29 ft 2 in)[4]
Engine 180hp Argus As.III inline
Armament 2×sync., fixed LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 170 km/h (106 mph)[5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:00[6]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 6:30[6]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 11:00[6]
5,000 m (16,400 ft) in 20:00[5][4]-29:00[6]

The LFG Roland D.IIa was basically an L.F.G. Roland D.II with the 180hp Argus As.III engine, necessary because Mercedes D.III engines were prioritized to Albatros. Since the engine was longer than the Mercedes D.III, the nose had to be lengthened and the landing gear was moved forward. There were also minor differences in the engine louvers and access panels. Unfortunately, the Argus As.III turned out to be unreliable, and the plane was only operational for about four months.

Planes built by Pfalz were originally known as the Pfalz D.IIa, but were later renamed the "LFG Roland D.IIa(Pfal)".[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:LFG Roland D.II.

Timeline [note 2]

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

Resources

Orthographic Drawings

References

Notes
  1. Ordered in batches of 40 and 100 from the parent company and 100 from Pfalz.[3]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
Citations
  1. Gray, p.162.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grosz'94, p.3.
  3. Grosz'94, p.36.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gray, p.165.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Grosz'94, p.35.
  7. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 47: LFG Roland D.II. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1994. ISBN 0-948414-62-6
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.