Siemens-Schuckert D.I

Siemens-Schuckert D.I - 1916
Siemens-Schuckert D.I

A number of captured Nieuport 17 fighters were given to German aircraft manufacturers to study, the Siemens-Schukert Werke produced the D.I based on the captured fighter. The D.I was a biplane powered by 110 hp (82 kW) Siemens-Halske Sh.I rotary engine. An order for 150 aircraft for the Imperial German Army Air Service was placed, but these were delayed by late delivery of the complicated geared engine, so that the aircraft was outclassed in combat by newer Allied aircraft when delivered. Only 95 aircraft were produced, most of which were used for training.

A single D.Ia was produced with a greater wing area and more powerful engine but was not ordered into production. The development continued through a prototype D.II to the D.III.

Siemens-Schuckert D.I
  • Role: Single-seat biplane fighter
  • Manufacturer: Siemens-Schuckert Werke
  • First Flight : 1916
  • Entered Service: 1916
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Number Built: 95
  • Developed From: Nieuport 17
  • Powerplant: 1× Siemens-Halske Sh.I geared rotary engine, 110 hp (82 kW)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 7.375 in 7.50 m()
  • Wing Area: 156 ft² (14.4 m²)
  • Length: 19 ft 8.25 in (6.0 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 5.875 in (2.59 m)
  • Empty Weight: 946 lb (430 kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 1,485 lb (675 kg)
  • Maximum Speed: 97 mph (155 km/h)
  • Endurance: 2 hr 20 min
  • Climb to: 13,125 ft (4,000 m) 24 min 18 sec
  • Crew: One
  • Armament: One or two × 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. "Siemens-Schuckert D.I", From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens-Schuckert_D.I
  2. Green, W; Swanborough, G (1994). "The Complete Book of Fighters". Smithmark. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.
  3. Grey, Peter; Thetford, Owen (1962). "German Aircraft of the First World War". London: Putnam.
  4. "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft" (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.

Siemens Schuckert D.III

Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1918
Siemens Schuckert D.III

Sleek, rugid, fast and nimble were all words that could be used to describe the Siemens Schuckert D.III. Though not produced in great numbers it was an important design from the point of view of future aircraft design.

Siemens Schuckert D.III
  • Manufacturer: Siemens-Schuckert Werke
  • Type: Fighter
  • Entered Service: 1917
  • Powerplant: 1× Siemens-Halske SH.III air cooled 160 hp (120 kW)
  • Wing Span: 8.40 m
  • Length: 5.75 m
  • Empty Weight: 534 kg
  • Loaded Weight: 725 kg
  • Maximum Speed: 180 km/h
  • Service Ceiling: 8000 m
  • Crew:1
  • Armament: 2 × forward firing Spandau 7.92mm machine guns

References

  1. "Siemens-Schuckert D.III", From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens-Schuckert_D.III
  2. Gray, Peter and Owen Thetford. "German Aircraft of the First World War". London: Putnam, 1962. ISBN 0-93385-271-1.
  3. Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. "The Complete Book of Fighters". London: Salamander Books, 1994. ISBN 0-83173-939-8.
  4. Van Wyngarden, Greg. "Jagdgeschwader Nr II Geschwader 'Berthold'" (Aviation Elite Units No. 19). Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-84176-727-1.

Siemens-Schuckert D.IV

Siemens-Schuckert D.IV - 1918
Siemens-Schuckert D.IV

Modified wing construction and an improved rotary engine made the Siemens-Schuckert D.IV a better aircraft than its predecessor the D.III. Considered superior to the Fokker D.VII, it entered service in small numbers, too late to have much of an impact on the outcome of the air war.

The planes started reaching operational units in August, but of the 280 ordered only 123 were completed by the end of the war, about half of those reaching operational units. In October 1918 it was officially described as superior by far to all single-seaters in use.

Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
  • Manufacturer: Siemens-Schuckert Werke
  • Type: Fighter
  • Entered Service: 1918
  • Number Built: 123
  • Powerplant: Siemens-Halske Sh.III, 11 cylinder rotary, 160hp. (120 kW)
  • Length: 18.70ft (5.70m)
  • Wiing Span: 27.40ft (8.35m)
  • Height: 8.92ft (2.72m)
  • Empty Weight: 1,190lbs (540kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 1,620lbs (735kg)
  • Max Speed: 118mph (190kmh)
  • Service Ceiling: 26,000 ft in 20 mins
  • Service Ceiling: 26,247ft (8,000m)
  • Crew: 1
  • Armament: 2× 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. "Siemens-Schuckert D.IV", From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens-Schuckert_D.IV
  2. Gray, Peter, and Thetford, Owen. "German Aircraft of the First World War". London:Putnam, 1962, p.216-217.
  3. Munson, Kenneth. "Aircraft of World War I". London: Ian Allen, 1967. ISBN 0 7110 0356 4.