Pfalz D.VIII

After the successful Pfalz D.III developed the company Pfalz aircraft works several prototypes, whereby only the Pfalz D.VIII was built in larger numbers, whereby only few airplanes came to the end of the war to the employment.


Development and construction:

After already the production of the Pfalz D.III was in full swing, the designers of the company Pfalz Flugzeugwerke tried to develop a successor model. Under the direction of senior engineer Rudolph Geringer, a total of five different prototypes were built in the coming months, with only the models D.VI, D.VII and D.VIII were registered for comparison flights in Berlin Adlershof.

The D.VI had installed at the time of the demonstration a 110 hp Le-Rhône engine, the D.VII and the D.VIII 160 hp Siemens-Halske engine. Although this was more powerful, but was considered not very reliable and needed for the operation of a special oil, which was difficult to obtain due to the war.

None of the presented Pfalz aircraft was able to completely convince the German army command and all types were inferior to the Fokker D.VII. Nevertheless, the army ordered 120 aircraft at the company.


Pfalz D.VIII




Use in the First World War:

From September 1918, the first Pfalz D.VIII aircraft arrived at the Western Front. However, nothing is known about their operations, and the war was over a few weeks later.




Technical specifications:

Designation: Pfalz D.VIII
Country: German Empire
Typ: Fighter plane
Length: 5,65 meters
Span: 7,5 meters
Height: 2,85 meters
Mass: 560kg empty
Crew: Max. 1
Engine: air-cooled circulating motor Siemens & Halske Sh.III 160 hp
Maximum speed: 190 km/h
Reach: 255 kilometers
Armament: 2 x synchronized machine guns 7,92 mm LMG 08/15






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