LVG D.VI

The LVG D.VI was the last in a series of experimental fighters produced by LVG and underwent testing in the last week of the First World War.

The D.VI had a similar slab sided fuselage to the earlier D.V. It also used a similar 195hp Benz Bz III engine with a chin radiator, was armed with two LMG 08/15 machine guns. It also had the same almond-shaped rudder. It had a single axle main landing gear with a small mini-wing on the axle.

The main difference between the D.V and the D.VI were the wings. The D.V had very unconventional wings. The lower wing had the larger chord, and the entire outer panels of the upper wings acted as ailerons.

The D.VI had rather more conventional wings. The upper wing was larger, with curved tips and ailerons. The lower wing was smaller and was swept back. It was mounted quite far forward, so even the swept back wing tips were still in front of the trailing edge of the upper wing. The wings were connected by I struts, with metal straps providing the cross bracing.

The D.VI was recorded as being under construction in September 1918, and tests began in November 1918, during the final week of the war. No performance figures are reported for the D.VI.

Engine: Benz Bz IIIb
Power: 195hp
Crew: 1
Guns: two 7.9mm LMG 08/15 machine guns

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (8 September 2014), LVG D.VI , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_LVG_DVI.html

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