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When the Friedrichshafen G.III lost an engine, it could be steered only with the greatest of effort. The Friedrichshafen G.IIIa sought to correct this with a box-tail double-rudder. Other improvements included the Gotha-style tunnel for firing to the downward rear quarter and Flettner tabs on the ailerons.

Friedrichshafen G.IIIa
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Role Bomber
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Introduction May-June 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 420 ordered [1]
Developed from Friedrichshafen G.III
Wingspan 24 m (78 ft 9 in) [2][note 1] [note 2]
Engine 2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines
Max Speed 140 km/h (87 mph)[2] to
160 km/h (99 mph)[4]

Austria-Hungary had tried to buy some G.IIIs in 1918, but a fire at the factory resulted in a cancellation of the order. Two were sent for study and analysis and arrived in August 1918. Oeffag was preparing to build fifty G.IIIa's (as Series 54) in autumn 1918 but none had been completed by the Armistice. They would have been powered by 2×250hp Benz(Mar) engines. [5][6]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen G.III.

Timeline [note 3]Edit

 

Game DataEdit

Wings of GloryEdit

Preliminary Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
18Q3-18Q4 XD B/B 25 10 5

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Notes
  1. With 24.05 m (78 ft 11 in) for the Daimler-built version.[2]
  2. Lamberton gives a wingspan of 22.6 m (74 ft). [3]
  3. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
Citations
  1. Grosz'97, p.37.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Grosz'97, p.31.
  3. Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  4. Grosz'93, p.447.
  5. Grosz'97, p.7.
  6. Grosz'93, p.260.
  7. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 65: Fdh G.III~IIIa. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 1997. ISBN 0-948414-97-9