Siemens-Schuckert SSW D.III
1917
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Siemens-Schuckert SSW D.III

Believed by some German pilots to be the best fighter at the front in the summer of 1918, the Siemens-Schuckert SSW D.III was a stubby, compact little biplane of wooden construction. During flight trials in October 1917, the prototype reached a level speed of 180km/h and climbed to 5974m in less than 20 minutes, a performance which justified its being ordered into immediate production for use in World War I. The first batch of 30 SSW D.III scouts was delivered for operational trials in January 1918, and a further 30 aircraft were ordered in February. Beginning in late April, 41 examples were allocated to operational units on the Western Front, most of these going to JG 2. Small orders were placed for two further developments, the SSW D.IV and SSW D.V.


Specification 
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x 200hp Siemens-Halske Sh.llla rotary engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight725 kg1598 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.43 m28 ft 8 in
    Length5.70 m19 ft 8 in
    Height2.80 m9 ft 2 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed180 km/h112 mph
    Ceiling8000 m26250 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.92mm machine guns

Comments
Klaatu83, 22.05.2014

The Siemens-Schuckert D-III had an excellent performance. However, it's "Achilles Heel" was it's complicated and unreliable Siemens-Halske rotary engine.

j stokert, 29.07.2010

there is a D-III on static display at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, NY. The aerodrome puts on WWI airshows on summer weekends.

Larry McCormick, 22.12.2009

I was just at the 'Planes of Fame Museum' near the Grand Canyon (Valle, Az) and that is a replica - and a very nice one also. There is also another beautiful example in a museum on the South Island (North East part)of New Zealand, it is a D.IV model. This museum is very much WWI aircraft and is great. It is funded by Peter Jackson of 'Lord of the Ring" films.

leo rudnicki, 09.04.2009

I was driving up to the Grand Canyon and saw an aircraft Museum, walked in, you coulda knocked me over with a feather, a Siemens-Schuckert D.III. Been a few years since but it has got to be somewhere now

Fredrik Lanz, 18.01.2009

Are you sure you don't mean the Focke Wulf FW 44 Stieglitz? It was designed in the 1930's by Kurt Tank and co and it was powered by a Siemens-Halske Sh 14 which is a 7-cylinder radial engine.

Gehard Riedl, 30.05.2008

Where is the Sh Modell "Stieglitz"? I know there is such an aircraft, because I flew one in Munich in the late 50's. It was a biplane and had a Sh radial engine (7 cylinders I believe). It was somewhat larger than the Buecker Jungmann.

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