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Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) V-1

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916


Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) - Rs.II - 1916 - Германия<– –>Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) - CL.I/CL.II - 1917 - Германия

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

Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) V 1
   This interesting pusher biplane was built during 1916, and first flew in November of that year. The sesquiplane wing format was unusual, as was the comparatively narrow gap. Tail booms and struts were of steel, and the large egg-like nacelle was fabricated from aluminium sheet. Wing and tail surfaces were fabric covered, but spars and ribs were of metal in uniformity with Dornier's other machines.
   Engine fitted was a 160 h.p. Maybach Mb III. Span, 10.55 m. (34 ft. 5 1/2 in.).

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

   The V1 was a single-seat all-metal fighter designed by Dipl-Ing Claudius Dornier and built in the summer of 1916 by the Abteilung "Dornier” of the Zeppelin-Werke Lindau GmbH at Lindau-Reutin. Featuring a fuselage of pod type, a 160 hp Maybach Mb III engine mounted as a pusher with the propeller revolving within the wire-braced steel-tube framework carrying the tail assembly, the V1 employed newly-developed metal-working techniques, but proved seriously overweight. A series of ground hops was performed by Bruno E Schroter during September 1916, but this pilot refused to fly the prototype owing to its extreme tail-heaviness. On 13 November 1916, an initial flight test was performed by Oblt Haller von Hallerstein, but the V1 performed a loop immediately after take-off, crashing and killing the pilot.

Span, 34 ft 7 3/8 in (10,55 m).
Length, 23 ft 3 5/8 in (7,10 m).
Height, 8 ft 8 1/4 in (2,65 m).
Wing area, 264.8 sq ft (24,60 m2).

O.Thetford, P.Gray - German Aircraft of the First World War /Putnam/
Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) V 1
H.Cowin - Aviation Pioneers /Osprey/
The sole prototype Zeppelin-Lindau V-1 single seat fighter, completed during the summer of 1916, was not just Claudius Dornier's first attempts at a fighter, but one of his first on any type of aeroplane. Of workmanlike, rather than elegant appearance, the finished product showed the influences of Nieuport's sesquiplane wing layout, in a British-style pusher engined airframe. Using a 160hp Mercedes D III, the V-1, as to be expected of Dornier, employed an all-alloy structure. Sadly, someone had miscalculated the machine's dynamic, or in-flight balance. This was something the company's test pilot, Bruno Schroter, clearly suspected to be the case following his high speed taxying tests and he wanted nothing more to do with the V-1. The man found to make the the aircraft's maiden flight was Oblt Hallen von Hallerstein, a notable military flier, who had only recently completing the test flying of the giant Zeppelin-Staarken VGO III. Tragically, Schroter's prediction concerning the aircraft's tail-heaviness proved correct and on 13 November 1916, following lift-off, the V-1's nose continued to rise until the fighter stalled and fell to earth, von Hallerstein being killed in the crash.
Форум - Breguet's Aircraft Challenge /WWW/
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
The Dornier-designed V1 which crashed immediately after taking-off on its first flight.
Форум - Breguet's Aircraft Challenge /WWW/
This is a copy of the Ubersichtszeichnung of Versuchs-Flugzeug 1.
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
The Zeppelin-Lindau V1 single-seat fighter.