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Pfalz DIII


Pfalz DIII
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Specifications

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fighter
one
Mercedes in-line
180 h.p.
1,530 lbs.
2,060 lbs.
2- 7.92 mm
22 ft. 10 in.
30 ft. 10 in.
103 mph
820 fpm
17,000 feet
250 miles
9/3/1917
1917




Pfalz DIII aircraft were known for their strength and reliability. They could dive and turn with other aircraft of the time. However, they were slower in level flight than most other aircraft, and their rate of climb was marginal.

Initially the Pfalz DIII was only supplied to Bavarian units of the German Air Force as a result of their  factory being run by the Bavarian government.

Pfalz DIII biplanes saw front line service from November of 1917 through July of 1918, at which time they were replaced by more competent aircraft. However, they soldiered on in a training role through the war.

A total of about 600 Pfalz DIII aircraft were produced.


Pfalz DIII
Pfalz DIII - Airdrome

The photo immediately above is of the Pfalz DIII for sale from Airdrome. They will sell you plans or a kit. The scale model radio control airplane has a wingspan of 63". Recommended power is an Astro 40 motor. Upon completion, it will weigh around 7 3/4 lbs.

Cleveland Model Supply has plans for the Pfalz DIII. It comes in wingspans of 15, 23, 30, 46, 61 and 92 inches.

Aerodrome RC has two sizes of short kits or plans of the Pfalz DIII. The smaller has a wingspan of 24 1/2". The best motor, according to Aerodrome RC, is a geared Feigao brushless swinging a 8 x 6 propeller. The airplane only weighs 8 ounces.

Aerodrome has a 41" wingspan Pfalz DIII plan or short kit. It is in the first picture below. Materials used are balsa and plywood. Aerodrome recommends an AXI 2808 motor turning a 11 x 7 propeller to get the best performance. Ready to fly weight is 28 oz.

The good looking Pfalz DIII in the second picture below is a modified ARF. It has a 59" wingspan and is 51" long. Roy Legg, who purchased it, tells us that he found it didn't fly well as supplied. He added ailerons and an AXI 4130/16 motor and now he says it flies like a dream. All up weight is 7 lbs. 14 oz.

The third picture down is of Seth Hunter and his 1/4 scale scratch built Pfalz DIII. It is powered by a DA 50 engine. It took Seth three years to build his airplane.

We found a foamy Pfalz DIII made by Simprop at RC Universe. It has a 35.5" wingspan and can be powered by Speed 400 type motors. Although this scale model is no longer produced, you can occasionally find it on eBay and other airplane sites.

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Pfalz D III
Pfalz DIII - Aerodrome


Pfalz D III
Pfalz DIII - Legg


Pfalz DIII
Pfalz DIII - Hunter