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Schutte-Lanz D.I

Страна: Германия

Год: 1915


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

Schutte-Lanz D I
  This type appeared in 1915, and apart from the absence of vertical fin and modified undercarriage chassis - note the unusual forward rake - the type appears to have been copied from the Sopwith Tabloid. Engine, 100 h.p. Gnome. Span, 7.5 m. (24 ft. 7 3/8 in.). Length, 5.4 m. (18 ft. 8 5/8 in.).

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


  The Luftfahrzeugbau Schutte-Lanz produced, in 1915, what was subsequently claimed to be the first German single-seat biplane fighter. Designed by Dipl-Ing W Hillmann and Walter Stein, this, the D I, was a lightweight single-bay staggered biplane which had apparently found its inspiration in the Sopwith Tabloid. Of wooden construction throughout with fabric skinning, it was powered by an 80 hp Oberursel (Gnome) seven-cylinder rotary engine, but was rejected by the Idflieg on the grounds that the biplane afforded inferior pilot vision to the monoplane and was therefore unsuited for the single-seat fighter role. Hillmann and Stein introduced some redesign and installed a 100 hp Mercedes six-cylinder water-cooled engine to result in the D II, which, in the event, was never flown.

Max speed, 84 mph (135 km/h) at sea level
Span, 24 ft 7 1/4 in (7,50 m).
Length, 17 ft 8 2/3 in (5.40 m).

W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
Built in 1915, the Schutte-Lanz D I was the first fighter biplane tested in Germany.