Siemens-Schuckert D.III

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Siemens-Schuckert D.III
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Siemens-Schuckert
Designer Harold Wolff [1], Glöckner, and Hauck[2]
Introduction spring 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 80 [1]
Variants Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
Wingspan 8.43 m (27 ft 7.75 in) [3][4][5]
Engine 160hp Siemens-Halske Sh.III
Armament 2×sync. fixed LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 180 km/h (112 mph)[6][7][3][4][5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 1:45[6][5]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 3:45[6][5]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 6:00[6][5]-6:11[3]
Ceiling 8,000 m (26,200 ft)[6][4][5] to 8,100 m (26,600 ft)[7][3]
Endurance 2:00 [6][5][7][3][4]

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.[8]

The first batches of production machines were sent to Jasta 12 and 15 of JGII in April and May of 1918. They were found to be nimble and outstanding climbers, but the engines would frequently seize up after only a few hours of flight. Repairs were made near the end of May (and to machines still in production), and the D.IIIs returned to combat use later in the summer.[9]

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.

Timeline [note 2]

Game Data

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Official Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb Points
Feb/Mar18-end O A 14 17 2 93

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Miniatures and Models

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  1. No pun intended.
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[10]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Angelucci, p.60.
  2. Gray'66, p.5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.49.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Gray'66, p.12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Gray, p.217.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Munson, p.70.
  8. Gray, p.213.
  9. Gray'66, p.7.
  10. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
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  • 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.
  • 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. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607