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LFG Roland D.V

Страна: Германия

Год: 1917


LFG Roland - D.IV - 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


  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.

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.
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.