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Siemens-Schuckert D-II / D-III

Via the D II prototype Siemens-Schuckert then moved to a completely German design, ordered late in 1917 as the D III equal-span biplane with the 119-kW (160-hp) Siemens-Halske Sh.III rotary engine whose diameter dictated the circular section of the compact fuselage that tapered sharply into the empennage with its large tailplane and angular vertical surfaces. After the teething problems of this engine had been cured, the 50 D IIIs matured as extremely fast-climbing interceptors whose other performance figures were low.



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