The Daimler D.I (also known by the company designation L6) was a German fighter aircraft of World War I. It was a conventional biplane design with a very small interplane gap - the top wing nearly touched the top of the fuselage. Power was provided by a Daimler D.III engine.
Design and development[edit | edit source]
The L6 prototype competed in the second Idflieg competition for a new fighter design in 1918. The competition was held at Adlershof from 22 May through 21 June. This resulted in an order for 20 aircraft being placed.
History[edit | edit source]
Specifications (D.I)[edit | edit source]
Data from The Complete Book of Fighters 
- Crew: One
- Length: 7.30 m (23 ft 11⅜ in)
- Wingspan: 9.90 m (32 ft 5¾ in)
- Height: 2.76 m (9 ft 0⅔ in)
- Wing area: 22.6 m² (243 ft²)
- Empty weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb)
- Loaded weight: 925 kg (2,039 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Daimler D.IIIb V-8 liquid cooled piston engine, 138 kW (185 hp)
- Maximum speed: 183 km/h (99 knots, 114 mph)
- Service ceiling: m (ft)
- Wing loading: kg/m² (lb/ft²)
- Power/mass: W/kg (hp/lb)
- Endurance: 2 hours
- Climb to 6,000 m (19,700 ft): 30 minutes
References[edit | edit source]
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- Green and Swanborough 1994, p.145.
- Gray and Thetford 1962, p.315.
- Gray, Peter; Thetford, Owen (1962). German Aircraft of the First World War. London: Putnam.
- Green, W; Swanborough, G (1994). The Complete Book of Fighters. New York: Smithmark. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 297.
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