|Number built||95 |
|Armament||sync. fixed LMG08/15|
|Max Speed||155 km/h (96 mph) |
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:30|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 8:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 14:30
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 24:18
When it became apparent to the Inspectorate of Flying Troops that the Fokker monoplanes and their ilk were losing the battle for air supremacy, they provided captured Nieuports to several firms. The Siemens-Schuckert D.I was a fairly direct copy of the Nieuport 17, with a somewhat smaller wingspan and replacing the engine with the Siemens-Halske Sh.I. The engine was somewhat revolutionary in that it rotated the cylinders in one direction at 900rpm and the crankshaft, pistons, and propeller in the opposite direction at the same speed, which kept the propeller at a more efficient 900rpm relative to the air.
An order for 150 was placed in November 1916, but by the time the planes started arriving in 1917 it was found to be again behind the curve, and only 95 were built, serving in small numbers with nine Jastas.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Siemens-Schuckert D.I.
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Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Gray, p.209.
- Gray, p.212.
- Gray, p.205.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.