|Manufacturer||Pfalz Flugzeugwerke GmbH|
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 
- 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)
- Maximum speed: 190 km/h  (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
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Gray and Thetford 1962, p.509.
- 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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