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In an attempt to speed up the Siemens-Schuckert D.III and reduce its cooling problems, the Siemens-Shuckert D.IV featured a reduced-chord wing and a cut-away engine cowl (which was also used on late-model D.IIIs). The D.IV attempted to increase the D.III's speed with narrow-chord wings, which reduced drag at the cost of decreased climbing capability. Though seen only in small numbers, it was probably the best German fighter at the end of the war, from a technical standpoint. [1]

Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
Siemens-Schuckert D.IV - Ray Wagner Collection Image (21439712675).jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Siemens-Schuckert
Introduction Aug 1918 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Developed from Siemens-Schuckert D.III
Wingspan 8.35 m (27 ft 4.75 in) [2]
Engine 160hp Siemens-Halske Sh.IIIa
Armament 2×fixed sync. LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 190 km/h (118 mph) [3][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 1:54[3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 3:42[3][2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 6:24[3]
Ceiling 6,400 m (21,100 ft)[2]-8,000 m (26,200 ft)[3]
Endurance 2:00 [3][2]

The D.IV has an unusual feature: the left wings are some 7cm longer than the right to compensate for propeller torque.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Siemens-Schuckert D.IV.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
18Q4 L A 15 17 2
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  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[4]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.213.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Gray, p.217.
  4. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • 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.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 29: SSW D.III~D.IV. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1991. ISBN 0-948414-33-2
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.