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Phönix D.III

Appearing soon after the C.I, the prototype D.I single-seat fighter biplane bore little similarity to the reconnaissance aircraft and first flew with a 149kW Austro-Daimler engine installed. The two initial production versions entered service with the air arm and navy the same year as the D.I and D.II (balanced elevators), each powered by the 149kW Hiero engine and armed with two Schwarzlose machine-guns. Maximum speed was good, but the fighters had two faults - neither critical but nevertheless undesirable - being over-stable and structurally on the weak side.

As manoeuvrability was the very life-blood of fighters of 1917-18, a new version was produced in 1918 as the Type 9 or D.III which featured ailerons on all wings and was powered by a 171kW Hiero engine. The first of 158 built was supplied on 15 March 1918 and the last on 4 November 1918. It was undoubtedly the stability of the Phönix rather than its speed that led to a number of the earlier versions being used as photographic-reconnaissance aircraft. A number of D.Ills found their way into Swedish service after the war.

Phönix D.III

 ENGINE1 x Hiero, 149kW
    Take-off weight805 kg1775 lb
    Wingspan9.75 m32 ft 0 in
    Length6.65 m22 ft 10 in
    Height2.8 m9 ft 2 in
    Max. speed180 km/h112 mph
    Ceiling6000 m19700 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 8.8mm machine-guns

Barry, 02.10.2012reply

A DIII is on display at the Flygvapen Museum at Linkoping Sweden.

paidui, e-mail, 18.06.2011reply

I would like to have a copy one of the airplanes.
Could I buy a copy from you

Dennis Henson, e-mail, 18.01.2010reply

I would like to have a copy one of the airplanes.
Could I buy a copy from you?


Mag. Heinz A. Linner, e-mail, 27.12.2008reply

1978 build I and Mr. Anton Ott a Phönix D I in fl./con. The a/c is now in Hungary. 2009 I will build a D II in fl./con. (the bird from my grandoncle Korp. Feldpilot Karl Linner). I have the orig.drw. from all the types of Phönix (D I, D II, D IIa, D III, C I). Greetings Heinz Linner

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