This aircraft succeeded the Hannover CL.II and was a two seat multifunctional aircraft. Noteworthy was the double tail. Several improvements compared with the CL.II were added, such as revised ailerons and aerodynamic refinements. It was expected that aircraft would better perform at lower heights.
Initially the CL.III would be equipped with the Mercedes D.III engine, but this was mainly built for fighter aircraft, so most Hannover CL.IIIS were equipped with the 180 hp Argus As. III.
- Hannover CL.III: the original version with a 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine.
- Hannover Cl.IIIa: with an 180 hp Argus As.III engine.
- Hannover Cl.IIIb: an experimental version.
|Length:||7,58 m||Wingspan:||11,7 m|
|Height:||2,8 m||Wing area:||32,7 m2|
|Empty weight:||717 kg||Max. start weight:||1081 kg|
|Max. speed:||165 km/hr||Climbing speed:||5,3 min to 7500 m|
|Cruising speed:||- km/hr|
|Range:||2,7 hours||Service ceiling:||7500 m|
|Engine type:||One Opel-Argus AS III rated 180 hp|
|Crew:||Two men: one aviator plus one observer/air gunner|
|Armament:||One fixed forward firing 7,9 mm Spandau LMG 08/15 plus one movable 7,9 mm Parabellum MG 14 machine gun.|