|Wingspan||8.43 m (27 ft 7.75 in) |
|Engine||160hp Siemens-Halske Sh.III|
|Armament||2×sync. fixed LMG08/15|
|Max Speed||180 km/h (112 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 1:45|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 3:45
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 6:00-6:11
|Ceiling||8,000 m (26,200 ft) to 8,100 m (26,600 ft)|
The revolutionary[note 1] Siemens-Halske engine was the foundation of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III fighter, but the engine proved troublesome and the type was frequently grounded. The engine was an eleven-cylinder engine with the crankshaft rotating in one direction at 900rpm and the crankcase and cylinder rotating in the other at 900rpm, which was supposed to reduce the gyroscopic forces and allow the propeller to run at a lower, more efficient speed. All good in theory. Then engine ran hot (since it was rotating at half speed compared to a conventional rotary) and frequently seized due to poor-quality lubricant.
When its engine was working, the D.III had outstanding climbing characteristics and it was quite nimble.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Siemens-Schuckert D.III.
|Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Miniatures and Models
- Ares: WGF112A Lange; WGF112B Veltjens; WGF112C von Beaulieu-Marconnay
- Shapeways: Kampfflieger, Reduced Aircraft Factory, wow
- Metal kit: Red Eagle, Reviresco
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- Metal kit: Heroics & Ros GWA305
- Shapeways: wow
- No pun intended.
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Lamberton, pp.220-221.
- Gray, p.217.
- Munson, p.70.
- Gray, p.213.
- 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, Windsock Datafile 29: SSW D.III~D.IV. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1991. ISBN 0-948414-33-2
- 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