L.F.G. Roland D.II

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L.F.G. Roland D.II
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Role Fighter
Manufacturer L.F.G. Roland
Designer Tantzen
First flight Oct 1916 [1][2]
Introduction Feb 1917[3]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ≤130 [note 1]
Developed from L.F.G. Roland D.I
Variants L.F.G. Roland D.IIa
Wingspan 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in) [5][6]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament 2×sync. fixed LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 170 km/h (106 mph)[7][8][5][6] to
180 km/h (112 mph)[9]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:00[9]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 6:00[9]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 10:00[9]
5,000 m (16,400 ft) in 23:00[7][9][5]
Ceiling 5,000 m (16,400 ft) [8][6]
Endurance 2:00 [8][6]

The LFG Roland D.II was basically a cleaned-up L.F.G. Roland D.I, with top-wing radiators rather than ear radiators. The crash pylon on the top wing was removed and the exhaust was directed downward rather than upward, accommodating the high seating position of the pilot. It started service in early 1917 but, like the D.I, was disliked for its limited forward view, and it was withdrawn by late autumn 1917.

Planes built by Pfalz were originally known as the Pfalz D.II but later used standard nomenclature of "LFG Roland D.II(Pfal)".[10]

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

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16Q4-17Q2 V A 15 11 3
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  1. In batches of 30 from the parent company and 60 and 40 from Pfalz.[4]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[11]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Updated card
Citations
  1. Gray, p.162.
  2. Grosz'94, p.2.
  3. Grosz'94, p.3.
  4. Grosz'94, p.36.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Angelucci, p.50.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gray, p.165.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Munson, p.36.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Grosz'94, p.35.
  10. Grosz'94, pp.1-3.
  11. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • 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.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607