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Schütte-Lanz D.III
Role fighter
Manufacturer Luftfahrzeugbau Schütte-Lanz
Designer Walter Stein
First flight January 1918
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built 1

The Schütte-Lanz D.III was a German fighter prototype during World War I. It participated in the first Idflieg D competition at Adlershof, Germany in January and February 1918. It was a conventional single-bay staggered biplane with N-type interplane struts. Of wooden construction with fabric skinning, the D.III revealed an unspectacular performance and production was never continued.


The Dr.I was a triplane using the fuselage, empennage, engine and undercarriage (apart from a slightly repositioned tailskid) of the D.III. The new wings had a smaller span (6.50 m (21.3 ft)) but had single bays and N-struts as before. The centre wing was attached to the upper fuselage and the upper one supported over the cockpit on a N-strutted cabane. Unusually, though there was stagger between the lower pair of wings, there was none between the upper two. The Dr.I took part in the second D competition, held from 27 May to 28 June 1918.


Data from:Green and Swanborough (1994) p. 520 General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 n)
  • Height: ()
  • Loaded weight: 860 kg (1,896 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III six-cylinder inline water-cooled engine, 120 kW (160 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)
  • Rate of climb: 2.61 m/s to 5,000 m (514 ft/min to 16,405 ft)



  • William Green and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Colour Library Direct, Godalming, UK: 1994. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.

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