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LFG Roland D.V

Страна: Германия

Год: 1917

Fighter

LFG Roland - D.IV / Dr.I - 1917 - Германия<– –>LFG Roland - WD - 1917 - Германия


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


L.F.G. Roland D V
  Following the original triplane D IV, the L.F.G. D V was a development of the D III and in fact utilised the complete wing cellule of that type. The same type of ply-skinned, semi-monocoque fuselage was used although considerably lined down to slimmer proportions. Only the single prototype was built. Engine, 160 h.p. Mercedes D III.


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


LFG ROLAND D V Germany

  During the autumn of 1917, three prototypes of the D V were built in an attempt to eradicate the shortcomings revealed by the D III. Retaining the moulded two-piece shell-type fuselage construction of the earlier fighter, and being, in fact, the last LFG type to utilise this so-called Wickelrumpf, the D V employed the complete wing cellule of the D III. The fuselage cross section was reduced and the decking lowered to improve vision from the cockpit. Armament remained two 7,9-mm LMG 08/15 machine guns, and while one prototype retained the 180 hp Argus As III engine of the earlier D II and D III, the other two were powered by the 160 hp Mercedes D III. Testing revealed little advance over the D III and development was discontinued in favour of the D VI. No data relating to the D V are available.


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


Roland D.V

  Three prototypes of the Roland D.V fighter were built in late 1917 with the intention of eliminating the shortcomings of the Roland D.III. Structurally, it was the last Roland fighter to use the Wickelrumpf structural technology, and used the complete wing cellule of the D.III. Two synchronized IMG 08/15 machine guns were carried.
  One prototype retained the 180 hp Argus As.III, but the other two used the 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine. Limited by the D.III wing cellule, testing revealed little advance over D.III performance and development was abandoned in favor of the more advanced Roland D.VI design.

Roland D.V Specifications
Engine: 160 hp Mercedes D.III or 180 hp Argus As.III

J.Herris - Roland Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The Roland D.V was the last Roland fighter to use the Wickelrumpf fuselage construction, it used the D.III wing with lowered front fuselage for improved pilot visibility and refined fuselage for improved performance. The improvement was not enough and the first generation of Roland fighters was finally abandoned.
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
The Roland DV was one of a number of designs for which only a single prototype was built in 1917, a period when the Germans were searching for new fighter designs to develop to counter the growing numbers and capabilities of Allied designs.
J.Herris - Roland Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
The D V was derived from the D III, the shortcomings of which were not overcome.