The Siemens Schuckert D.I was an almost identical replica of a captured French Nieuport 11, which had only minor changes. Despite this copy, the aircraft was considered outdated at the time of its introduction in 1917 and was only used on the western front.
Development and construction:
At the beginning of 1916, the inferiority of Fokker's German monoplane over the Allied aircraft became increasingly apparent. When the Germans a modern French Nieuport 11 fell into the hands, this was given to the German aircraft manufacturers with the order to produce a better or at least equal aircraft.
The Siemens Schuckert Werke also got access to the French aircraft, but unlike the other manufacturers, they simply copied the technology. There were only some changes in the equipment with the engine, as in the German aircraft, the 110-hp Siemens-Halske Sh.I rotary engine was installed and thus the hood and the propeller cover had to be adjusted.
After the order for 150 aircraft was issued by the German Army Command, it came shortly after the start of production to supply difficulties with the engine. For this reason, only 95 of the originally planned 150 aircraft were built.
Use in the First World War:
In early 1917, the first Siemens Schuckert D.I aircraft came to the Western Front. At that time, both the Allies had already new aircraft and the German Albatros aircraft Siemens-Schuckert D.I was inferior. Another shortcoming was the armament because the aircraft was equipped with only a machine gun and not like most of the others already with two.
So it happened that these aircraft were only briefly used at the front and then used to train pilots.
|Engine:||air-cooled circulating motor Siemens-Halske Sh.I 110 hp|
|Maximum speed:||172 km/h|
|Armament:||1 x synchronized machine gun 7,92 mm LMG 08/15|
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