Pfalz D.XII

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Pfalz D.XII
PfalzD12.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Pfalz
First flight Feb/March 1918[1]
Introduction early summer 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 750-800 [2]
Wingspan 8.99 m (29 ft 6 in)[3]
Engine 180hp Mercedes D.IIIa inline
Armament 2×sync. fixed LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed see chart
Climb see chart
Ceiling 5,600 m (18,500 ft)[4][5][3]
Endurance 2:30 [4][5]

Orders for the Pfalz D.XII were placed in the summer of 1918 as insurance against shortages of the hugely-popular Fokker D.VII. When it first arrived at the front, pilots viewed it as inferior, but in combat it was the D.VII's equal and faster in a dive. With ground crews it was less popular since it was at two-bay conventionally-rigged aeroplane requiring more fine-tuning than a D.VII.

Like the Pfalz D.III, the fuselage was formed of wrapped plywood, making it quite strong at the expense of extra weight. German tactics had been evolving into 1918, and flight speed and dive speed were given increasing attention, the latter at which the D.XII shined.

Just as the Fokker D.VII was much improved with the BMW IIIa engine, the Pfalz D.XII also saw marked improvement. The D.VII had captured the lion's share of attention, though, and most BMWs went toward Fokker D.VII use.[2]

Pfalz D.XII Engines
EngineSpeedClimb
1,000 m (3,280 ft)2,000 m (6,560 ft)5,000 m (16,400 ft)
170hp Mercedes D.IIIa 170 km/h (106 mph)[4][5][6] 3:24[4][6] 7:48[6] 29:54[4]-34:48[6]
180hp Mercedes D.IIIaü 180 km/h (112 mph)[6]-193 km/h (120 mph)[3] 2:30[6] 6:06[6]-7:42[3] 12:15[3]-30:42[6]
195hp BMW.IIIa 185 km/h (115 mph)[6] 2:06[6]-2:42[4] 5:24[6] 17:36[6]-21:00[4]

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

Timeline [note 1][edit]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
18Q3-18Q4 Q A 17 12 3

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1:144 Scale[edit]

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale[edit]

1:350 Scale[edit]

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Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
Citations
  1. Grosz'93, p.2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grosz'93, p.7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Gray, p.194.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.40.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Grosz'93, p.37.
  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.
  • 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
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 41: Pfalz D.XII. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1993. ISBN 0-948414-51-0