The Phönix D.III
The Phönix fighters of World War One were famous in the hands
of the Austro-Hungarians, with many aces flying both the D.I and the
D.II. The D.III, however, was not quite as well known, with only a few
being made before the end of the war. This plane did soldier on after
the war, though, as Sweden purchased a handful.
Phönix D.III J.41
Austro-Hungarian Naval Air Service
A rather colorful D.III finished in overall light gray with the Austro-Hungarian
colors on the rudder in red and white. The code "J.41" is
in black and narrow straight crosses are on the fuselage and wings.
Phönix D.III 222.126
The Phönix D.III was very similar to the D.IIa, with the only
real differences being a revised wing planform and four ailerons. This
example is shown in a green and brown camouflage scheme with the serial
number written in black on the fuselage. Current research suggests that
this was actually in two shades of gray. An updated profile will be
Swedish Demonstration Aircraft
This example was used by the Swedes to evaluate the type before purchasing.
Finished in either a light gray or aluminum dope, the Swedish flag is
on the tail and the black crowns on the fuselage are on a white rectangle.
A red scorpion emblem was the only other marking on this aircraft.
Phönix J.1 060
Swedish Air Force, 1920s
A standard Swedish Air Force J.1, this plane shows the main difference
between the Swedish examples and those from the First World War, namely
the gravity-fed fuel tanks on the top wing. The plane is camouflaged
in chestnut brown, khaki, and a dark grayish green. The standard Swedish
roundel is on the fuselage, consisting of a white circle with three
black crowns. The rudder was striped in the national colors of yellow