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D.VIII
Role Fighter
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Pfalz Flugzeugwerke GmbH
First flight 1918
Introduction 1918
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Produced 1918
Number built 40

The Pfalz D.VIII was a German World War I fighter aircraft.

Development[edit | edit source]

The D.VIII was approved for production arising from German initiatives in 1918 to develop superior fighter aircraft. Its power unit, the Siemens-Halske Sh.III rotary enabled the type to achieve a top speed of 120 miles per hour ([convert: unknown unit]) at sea level. Armament was twin 7.92mm Spandau machine guns.

Production[edit | edit source]

Forty units were completed but as this was very near the end of the war, they were used mostly for evaluation purposes.

Specifications (D.VIII - (Sh III engine))[edit | edit source]

Data from German Aircraft of the First World War [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 5.65 m (18 ft 6½ in)
  • Wingspan: 7.52 m (24 ft 8½ in)
  • Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0½ in)
  • Wing area: 17.2 m² (186 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 543 kg (1,195 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 738 kg (1,624 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-Halske Sh.III 11-cylinder geared rotary engine, 119 kW (160 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 190 km/h [2] (103 knots, 118 mph)
  • Service ceiling: m (ft)
  • Wing loading: 42.9 kg/m² (8.73 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.16 kW/kg (0.099 hp/lb)
  • Endurance: 1.5 hours
  • Climb to 6,000 m (19,700 ft): 25 minutes

Armament

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Gray and Thetford 1962, p.509.
  2. Green and Swanborough 1994, p.468.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Cowin, H. W. "German and Austrian Aviation of World War I". Osprey Publishing Ltd, 2000. ISBN 1-84176-069-2
  • Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London:Putnam, 1962.
  • Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon. The Complete Book of Fighters. New York: Smithmark, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.

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