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The Siemens Schuckert D.III type fighter was the marriage of several great ideas. First the "monococque" fuselage was a wooden frame with 3mm plywood panels as a skin. The rudder, elevators and wings were fabric covered and conventionally built. Ailerons were in both upper and lower wings. The S.S.W. D.IV differed from its predecessor the D.III in that the top wing of the D. IV was built narrower in chord and the number of wing ribs was 60% more than the D.III in both upper and lower wings. The resultant airfoil added 500-1000 ft to its maximum ceiling. On the D. IV, the number of Average rib spacing was decreased from 250 to 170 mm, although some of the rib bays on both aircraft were odd dimensions.


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