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Siemens-Schuckert D.III

Siemens-Schuckert D.III

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160 h.p.
1,180 lbs.
1,600 lbs.
2- 7.92 mm
18 ft. 9 in.
27 ft. 8 in.
112 mph
1,700 fpm
26,250 feet
220 miles

Siemens-Schuckert D.III fighters were a German effort to improve on popular French fighter aircraft of the day. Careful observation will find the exteriors of the aircraft nearly identical to the French aircraft, except for their markings.

During prototype testing, in October of 1916, the German government was very impressed with the performance of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III. The aircraft especially had a good rate of climb.

An initial order was placed for a total of 150 aircraft. By June of 1917, only 95 of the aircraft had been produced due to difficulties encounter during engine production. By that time, Allied aircraft had surpassed the Siemens-Schuckert D.III in performance and it were used primarily for training new pilots.

By 1918 the aircraft had undergone a series of revisions. Engine power was up from 110 h.p. to 160 h.p. The final version produced was capable of performing with the best of the time. However, by the time they were introduced to the front lines, World War I was drawing to a close. The few aircraft in service were not sufficient to make a difference in the outcome of the war.

About 280 Siemens-Schuckert D aircraft of all types were produced.

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

Pictured above is the Siemens-Schuckert D.III built from an Arizona Model Aircrafters kit. The giant scale radio control airplane has a wingspan of 83" and a length of 56". Power comes from a Brison 2.4 engine. Arizona Model Aircrafters will also has plans for sale.

The first picture below is of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III built from Bob Pearson Plans. The 1/4 scale airplane has a wingspan of 81 1/2" and a length of 55". You will need 25 - 40 cc two cycle or 1.20 to 1.50 four cycle engines to power it. All up weight is 15 1/2 lbs.

The next picture below is of the free flight Siemens-Schuckert D.III scratch built by Peter Iliffe. It was entered in the electric/co2 class at the BMFA Nats.

Cleveland Model has plans for a number of Siemens-Schuckert D.III airplanes. They have wingspans of 26 1/2", 40", 53", and 80".

The bottom picture is of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III scratch built by Mike Bealmear. Wingspan is 81" and the fuselage is 55" in length. Power comes from a G 38 engine.

RC Universe has a Siemens Schuckert D.III short kit from David Johnson plans for sale. Wingspan is 81 1/2".

RC Universe also has a posting for a Siemens-Schuckert D.III build by Alan Flowers.

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

Siemens-Schuckert D.III
Peter Iliffe holding his Siemens-Schuckert D.III.

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Siemens-Schuckert D.III by M. Bealmear.