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Schutte-Lanz Dr.I

Страна: Германия

Год: 1917

Fighter

Schutte-Lanz - D.IV/D.VII - 1917 - Германия<– –>Schutte-Lanz - D.VI - 1918 - Германия


O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)


Schutte-Lanz Dr I
  This machine was simply a triplane version of the D III. Engine, 160 h.p. Mercedes D III.


W.Green, G.Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters


SCHUTTE-LANZ Dr I Germany

  The operational debut of the Sopwith triplane on the Western Front in the spring of 1917 aroused considerable interest in this configuration within the Idflieg which immediately encouraged the development of conceptually similar fighters by the German industry. Among single-seat fighter triplanes submitted as a resuit was the Dr I proffered by the Luftfahrzeugbau Schutte-Lanz. Powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D III six-cylinder inline water-cooled engine and carrying the then standard armament of twin 7,9-mm LMG 08/15 machine guns, the Dr I mated the fuselage and vertical tail surfaces of the D III biplane with a triplane wing cellule. The arrangement of the wings was unusual in that forward stagger was applied to the centre plane, presumably in an attempt to improve view. The Dr I participated in the second D-type contest (27 May - 28 June 1918).

Loaded weight, 1,984 lb (900 kg).
Span, 26 ft 3 in (8,00 m).
Length, 20 ft 6 1/2 in (6,26 m).


J. Herris German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Vol II (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 50)


Schutte-Lanz Dr.I

  The Schutte-Lanz Dr.I has the dubious distinction of being the last triplane fighter submitted to the fighter competitions. By the time of its appearance, Germany's triplane craze was over and the additional weight and drag of the third wing reduced the aircraft's performance below that of the mediocre D.III biplane from which it was developed. Further development was abandoned.

Schutte-Lanz Dr.I Specifications
Engine: 160 hp Mercedes D.III
Wing: Span 8.00 m
General: Length 6.26 m
Loaded Weight 900 kg

J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume II /Centennial Perspective/
The Schutte-Lanz company, which primarily built airships, also designed airplanes, but none reached production. Here is the Schutte-Lanz Dr.I, their entry into the triplane craze. Powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III, it was out-performed by the similar Schutte-Lanz D.III biplane.
The Schutte-Lanz Dr.I used the fuselage and tail of the D.III biplane but had lower performance due to its greater weight and drag. The Dr.I was Germany's last triplane fighter and marked the final end of Germany's triplane craze.
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
Schutte-Lanz developed the Dr I in 1918 after studying the Sopwith Triplane.
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume II /Centennial Perspective/
The Schutte-Lanz Dr.I was a triplane derivative of the Schutte-Lanz D.III fighter prototype and like it was powered by the 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine.
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume II /Centennial Perspective/
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume II /Centennial Perspective/
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume II /Centennial Perspective/
Schutte-Lanz Dr.I
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume II /Centennial Perspective/
Schutte-Lanz Dr.I