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LFG Roland C.III

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916

LFG Roland - G.I - 1915 - Германия<– –>LFG Roland - D.I - 1916 - Германия


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L.F.G. Roland C III
  Development of C II Walfisch with orthodox two-bay wings. All-wooden aircraft with ply-covered fuselage. This machine existed as a prototype only and was destroyed when the Adlershof factory was burnt out on 16th September 1916. Engine, 200 h.p. Benz Bz IV. Armament, one Spandau and one Parabellum machine-guns.


J.Herris Roland Aircraft of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 9)


Roland C.III

  The Roland C.III was a development of the C.II with conventional two-bay interplane struts replacing the streamlined, single-bay I-struts of the C.II. While the I-struts aided streamlining, they also obscured the view to the sides and the conventional struts improved the view for the crew. The C.III also was fitted with the more powerful 200 hp Benz Bz.IV engine typically used in second-generation C-types like the DFW C.V, etc. The C.III remained a single prototype and was destroyed when LFG's Adlershof factory burned down on 6 September 1916.

Roland C.III Specifications
Engine: 200 hp Benz Bz.IV

J.Herris - Roland Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
Clearly derived from the C.II, the Roland C.III had larger wings with conventional two-bay interplane bracing. Intended for the more powerful 200 hp Benz Bz.IV engine, it appears like a 160 hp Mercedes D.III is installed here, perhaps for initial flight testing. Armament was the standard fixed Spandau for the pilot and flexible Parabellum for the observer. The sole prototype was destroyed when LFG's Adlershof factory burned.
J.Herris - Roland Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/