Siemens-Schuckert D.I

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Siemens-Schuckert D.I
SSW D.I in snow.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Siemens-Schuckert
First flight 25 Nov 1916[1][note 1]
Introduction spring 1917
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 95 [2]
Engine Siemens-Halske Sh.I
Armament sync. fixed LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 155 km/h (96 mph) [3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:30[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 8:00[4]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 14:30[4]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 24:18[4]
Endurance 2:20 [4]

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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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb Points
Feb/Mar17-May17 E B 13 12 3 58

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Notes
  1. 150 were ordered in November, but a subsequent order for 100 was cancelled due to the slow production of engines.[1]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray'66, p.4.
  2. Gray, p.209.
  3. Gray, p.212.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Gray, p.205.
  5. 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 L. Gray, Profile Publications 86: The Siemens Schuckert D III & IV. England: Profile Publications Ltd., 1966.