O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)
Flugmaschine Fabrik Franz Schneider G.m.b.H. was founded by Franz Schneider in 1917 for repair and servicing of Albatros. D.F.W. and L.V.G. aircraft. Before the war Schneider had been associated with the French manufacturer Edouard Nieuport, and later was responsible for some of the best L.V.G. designs. In 1918 he produced the single-seater illustrated here. No details are available, but its resemblance to the Nieuports is unmistakable. The placing of the ailerons at the lower wingtips was unusual. Engine, 200 h.p. Goebel Goe III. Armament, twin Spandau machine-guns.
W.Green, G.Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters
SCHNEIDER D-TYP Germany
The Franz Schneider Flugmaschinen-Werke was established in January 1917 by Franz Schneider for aircraft repair and servicing. Schneider had been associated with Edouard Nieuport prior to World War I and was subsequently responsible for the design of a number of LVG types. In 1918, Schneider designed and built a single-seat fighter powered by a 200 hp Goebel Goe III nine-cylinder rotary engine and carrying an armament of two 7,9-mm LMG 08/15 machine guns. Of conventional appearance, this fighter was unusual in having a patented arrangement of variable-incidence wings. A single-bay equi-span biplane with ailerons on the lower wings, the Schneider fighter allegedly demonstrated good climb and manoeuvrability, and was reportedly to have been fitted with an innovative arrangement whereby the engine could be tilted several degrees in flight, although there is no record of such an installation having been made. No specification for the Schneider fighter has survived.