Phönix D.III

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Phönix D.III
Phonix D III.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Phönix
First flight July 1918
Introduction post-Armistice
Primary users Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Roundel of the Swedish Air Force.svg Sweden
Number built ~61 [1]
Developed from Phönix D.IIa
Wingspan 9.88 m (32 ft 5 in) [2]
Engine 230hp Hiero inline
Armament 2×sync. fixed Schwarzlose
Crew 1
Max Speed 180–185 km/h (112–115 mph) [3][4] or 195 km/h (121 mph)[5] or 201 km/h (125 mph) [2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 2:00[3][4]-2:30[2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 12:00[3][4]
5,000 m (16,400 ft) in 24:00[3][4]
Service Ceiling 6,800 m (22,300 ft) [5]
Endurance 2:00 [5]

The Phönix D.III improved upon the Phönix D.II's maneuverability by adding ailerons to both sets wings, which were modified from the D.II style. It also moved the guns within the pilot's reach so that a jammed gun could possibly be cleared. The 230hp Hiero engine from the Phönix D.IIa was retained. Sixty-one of them were just going through flight testing in the final month of the war, and it was seriously considered sending them into battle without further testing to stem the losses at Piave.

After the war, only the Fokker D.VII and Phönix D.III were chosen as post-war production fighters, high praise for the D.III. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Phönix D.I.

Miniatures and Models[edit]

1:144 Scale[edit]

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

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Orthographic Drawings[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Grosz'93, p.126.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lamberton, pp.212-213.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Grosz'93, p.128.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Grosz'92, p.35.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.31.
Bibliography
  • Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 31: Phönix D.I~II. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1992. ISBN 0-948414-37-5
  • 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