|First flight||January 1918|
The Schütte-Lanz D.III was a German fighter prototype during World War I. It participated in the first Idflieg D competition at Adlershof, Germany in January and February 1918. It was a conventional single-bay staggered biplane with N-type interplane struts. Of wooden construction with fabric skinning, the D.III revealed an unspectacular performance and production was never continued.
- The Dr.I was a triplane using the fuselage, empennage, engine and undercarriage (apart from a slightly repositioned tailskid) of the D.III. The new wings had a smaller span (6.50 m (21.3 ft)) but had single bays and N-struts as before. The centre wing was attached to the upper fuselage and the upper one supported over the cockpit on a N-strutted cabane. Unusually, though there was stagger between the lower pair of wings, there was none between the upper two. The Dr.I took part in the second D competition, held from 27 May to 28 June 1918.
Data from:Green and Swanborough (1994) p. 520 General characteristics
- Crew: One
- Length: 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)
- Wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 n)
- Height: ()
- Loaded weight: 860 kg (1,896 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III six-cylinder inline water-cooled engine, 120 kW (160 hp)
- Maximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)
- Rate of climb: 2.61 m/s to 5,000 m (514 ft/min to 16,405 ft)
- Guns: 2 x 7.9 mm LMG 08/15 machine guns
- William Green and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Colour Library Direct, Godalming, UK: 1994. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.
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