L.F.G. Roland D.III

From Wings of Linen
L.F.G. Roland D.III
Role Fighter
Manufacturer L.F.G. Roland
Designer Tantzen [1]
First flight Oct 1916 [2]
Introduction early 1918
Primary user Germany
Developed from L.F.G. Roland D.II
Engine 180hp Argus As.III [2]
Armament 2×sync. fixed LMG08/15
Endurance 2:00[3]

The LFG Roland D.III was an attempt to correct the D.II's most serious flaw: the terrible front sight lines for the pilot by introducing conventional center-strut bracing. By the time it was released, it was outclassed by other fighters and it was only built in small numbers.[1]

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

Timeline [note 1]


  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[4]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.162.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gray, p.449.
  3. Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • 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.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.