Pfalz D.III

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Pfalz D.III
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Pfalz
Designer Rudolf Gehringer [1]
First flight late spring 1917 [2]
Introduction Aug 1917 [2]
Primary users Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Roundel otto.JPG Ottoman Empire
Number built 260 [3]
Variants Pfalz D.IIIa
Wingspan 9.35 m (30 ft 8 in) [4]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament 2×sync. fixed LMG08/15 [note 1]
Crew 1
Max Speed 165 km/h (103 mph)[5][6]-169 km/h (105 mph)[4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:15[5]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 7:15[5]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 11:45[5]-17:00[4]
Ceiling 5,200 m (17,000 ft)[5][6]
Endurance ~2:30 [5][6]

Pfalz had gained enough experience building the L.F.G. Roland D.II to put together a fighter design of their own, and the result was the well-streamlined Pfalz D.III. The ply-wrapped oval fuselage was very strong. While the lower wing was smaller in chord than the upper, its twin spars kept it from suffering the twisting problems of the Nieuport and Albatros sesquiplane designs.

Early D.IIIs had the machine guns buried in the fuselage, but later ones, in the form of the Pfalz D.IIIa, moved them to the upper decking where they could be serviced in case of a jam.[7]

By early 1918, with the D.IIIa coming into full play, the D.III had started to be moved into more of a training role or supplied to ally Turkey.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Pfalz D.III.

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Official Stats
Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
J A 16 12 3

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  1. Guns are inaccessible in flight.
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[8]
  1. Grosz'90, p.2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rimell, p.1.
  3. Grosz'90, p.33.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Gray, p.190.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munson, p.35.
  7. Gray, p.187.
  8. 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.
  • P.M. Grosz and R.L. Rimmel, ed., Windsock Datafile 21: Pfalz D.IIIa. Great Britain: Albatros Productions, Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0-948414-25-1
  • W.M.Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • R.L. Rimell and P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 7: Pfalz D.III. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-948414-11-1