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The LFG Roland D.VIb increased the power of the D.VIa by using the 200hp Benz Bz.IIIa engine. The D.VI featured a distinctive "clinker-built" fuselage of long wooden strips and sharp lines. Its performance was good but the unusual fuselage construction limited production. Visibility and maneuverability were above average. It saw limited use at the front lines but it also saw some use with the German Navy.

L.F.G. Roland D.VIb
Role Fighter
Manufacturer L.F.G. Roland
Designer Tantzen [1], Reinhold Richter[2]
Introduction early summer 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ≤200 [note 1]
Developed from L.F.G. Roland D.VIa
Wingspan 9.40 m (30 ft 10 in) [4]
Engine 200hp Benz Bz.IIIa inline
Armament 2×fixed sync. LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 182 km/h (113 mph)[5][6][4]-200 km/h (124 mph)[3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 2:30[5][3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 4:54[3]-6:30[4]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 7:48[3]-9:00[5]-11:30[4]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 12:15[3]
Service Ceiling 5,800 m (19,000 ft)[6][4]
Endurance 2:00 [5][6]

The Roland D.VIb was the only fighter to use the excellent Benz Bz.IIIa engine, but production of that engine was slow and the first were not accepted until May 1918, and of the 750 ordered, only 179 had been completed by 1 Nov 1918. In addition to the improved engine, the D.VIb featured a balanced elevator, larger balance surfaces on the ailerons, and a deeper nose to accommodate the engine. [7]

For more information, see Wikipedia:LFG Roland D.VI.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
18Q2-18Q4 F A 16 12 2

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Notes
  1. 200 were orders; it is not known how many of them were finished.[3]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[8]
Citations
  1. Gray, p.166
  2. Grosz'93, p.2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Grosz'93, p.35.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gray, p.168.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munson, p.37.
  7. Grosz'93, p.3.
  8. 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, Windsock Datafile 37: Roland D.VI. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 1993. ISBN 0-948414-46-4
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607