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Role Trainer/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer L.V.G.
Introduction late 1915
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Developed from L.V.G. B.II
Wingspan 12.51 m (41 ft 1 in)[1]
Engine 120hp Mercedes D.II inline
Armament none
Max Speed 120 km/h (75 mph)[1]
Climb 3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 28:00[1]
Endurance 2:30[1]

While the L.V.G. B.III was intended as a trainer, a small number found their way to the front in late 1915.[2]

According to Grey, the L.V.G. B.III (Schül) version was developed in 1917 for training[1], rather than 1915, so there is a little bit of a mystery about the dates. Perhaps the B.III design was revived in 1917 for training purposes; perhaps the 1917 date was a misprint. It was built by both L.V.G. and Schütte-Lanz.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:LVG B.I.

Timeline [note 1]


  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[2]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Gray'87, p.473.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.