AEG D.I

AEG D.I - 1917
AEG AEG D.I

The AEG D.I was a biplane fighter of World War I. Three prototypes were ordered, but after the first two were involved in serious crashes, development was cancelled. A triplane version was built as the Dr.I. The second and third prototypes differed little except in minor details.

The D.I was powered by a Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cylinder, liquid-cooled inline engine, producing 158 hp (118 kW). The armament was twin forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns mounted on the deck.

Variants

  • A.E.G. D.I - 1917 prototype single seat bi-plane fighter.
  • A.E.G. Dr.I - 1917 prototype single seat tri-plane fighter.

Aircraft numbers

  • AEG D.I - first prototype serial number not known.
  • AEG D.I - second prototype serial number D4401/17.
  • AEG D.I - third prototype serial number D5002/17
  • AEG Dr.I - prototype serial number not known
AEG D.I
  • Role: Fighter aircraft
  • National Origin: German Empire
  • Manufacturer: Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG)
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Year Built: 1917
  • Number Built: 3
  • Status: Prototype
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder, liquid-cooled, inline engine, 160 hp (118 kW)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 11 in (8.50 m)
  • Wing area: 174 ft² (16.14 m²)
  • Length: 20 ft (6.10 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 8 in (2.65 m)
  • Empty Weight: 1,764 lb (685 kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 2,068 kg (940 kg)
  • Maximum speed: 111 kn, 128 mph (205 km/h)
  • Range: 251 nmi, 290 mi (465 km)
  • Service Ceiling: 16,400 ft (5,000 m)
  • Rate of Climb: 617 ft/min (188 m/min)
  • Wing Loading: 10 lb/ft² (58 kg/m²)
  • Power/Mass: 0.08 hp/lb (0.13 kW/kg)
  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Armament: 2 × forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. AEG D.I. (2010, December 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:14, February 27, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=AEG_D.I&oldid=402605916
  2. AEG D.I 1917 The Virtual Aircraft Museum. Retrieved 03:10, February 27, 2011, from http://www.aviastar.org/air/germany/aeg_d-1.php
  3. Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London: Putnam, 2nd Ed. 1970.

AEG Dr.I

AEG Dr.I - 1917
AEG AEG Dr.I - 1917

The AEG Dr.I was a triplane fighter of World War I, built by Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft in 1917 during Germany's period of experimentation of the triplane concept. The design was based on the equaly unuccessful AEG D.I.

The Dr.I was powered by a Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cylinder, liquid-cooled inline engine, producing 158 hp (118 kW). The armament was twin forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns mounted on the deck.

Only a single prototype was built and its poor performance meant that no further production of this model.

AEG Dr.I
  • Role: Fighter aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG)
  • National Origin: German Empire
  • First Flight: 1917
  • Primary user: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Number built: 1
  • Developed from: AEG D.I
  • Status: Prototype
  • Powerplant: 1× Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cylinder, liquid-cooled inline engine, 158 hp (118 kW)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 10⅛ in (9.40 m)
  • Length: 20 ft 0¼ in (6.10 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,562 lb (710 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,139 lb (970 kg)
  • Maximum speed: 92 kn, 106 mph (170 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 92 mph (148 km/h)
  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Armament: 2 × forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. AEG Dr.I. (2010, August 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:45, February 27, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=AEG_Dr.I&oldid=380535853
  2. AEG Dr I 1917 The Virtual Aircraft Museum Retrieved 04:40, February 27, 2011, from http://www.aviastar.org/air/germany/aeg_dr-1.php
  3. AEG Dr I 1917 The Virtual Aviation Museum Retrieved 04:50, February 27, 2011, from http://www.luftfahrtmuseum.com/htmi/itf/aegdr1.htm
  4. Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London:Putnam, 1962.

AEG DJ.I

AEG DJ.I - 1917
AEG AEG DJ.I - 1917

The AEG DJ.I was a highly streamlined biplane ground attack aircraft of late World War I. Three prototypes were built and were undergoing evaluation at the time of the Armistice.

The single seat attack biplane began evaluation in September 1918. It carried two forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns and a light bomb load. The design featured aluminum fuselage coverings, I-type interplane struts, and protective armor.

AEG DJ.I
  • Role: Ground Attack Aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG)
  • National Origin:: German Empire
  • First Flight: 1917
  • Evaluation Tests 1918
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Number Built: 3
  • Status: Prototype
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IIIb V8 engine, 195 hp (145 kW)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 10 in (10.00 m)
  • Length: 21 ft 11 in (6.69 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m)
  • Empty Weight: 2,607 lb (1,185 kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 3,014 lb (1,370 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,032 lb (1,375 kg)
  • Maximum Speed: 98 kts, 113 mph (180 km/h)
  • Maximum Range: 480 km
  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Armament:
    • Guns: 2 × forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns
    • Bombs: Light bomb load

References

  1. AEG DJ.I. (2011, January 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:50, February 28, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=AEG_DJ.I&oldid=409353081
  2. Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London:Putnam, 1962.

Albatros D VII

Albatros D.VII
Albatros D.VII - 1917

First flown in August 1917, the D.VII was powered by a 195 hp Benz Bz Illb V-eight cylinder water-cooled engine. Strut-linked ailerons were carried by all wings and armament comprised two synchronised 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns. The characteristics of the D.VII offered an insufficient increase in performance to warrant further development beyond initial prototype stage.

Albatros D VII
  • Role: Fighter
  • National Origin: German Empire
  • Manufacturer: Albatros Flugzeugwerke
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • First Flight: August 1917
  • Number Built: 1
  • Status: Prototype
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz Illb V-eight cylinder water-cooled engine 195 hp (145 kW)
  • Wingspan: 31 ft 7 in (9.32 m)
  • Length: 22 ft 8 in (6.61 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 9½ in
  • Empty Weight: 1389 lb (630 kg)
  • Take-off Weight: 1951 lb (885 kg)
  • Maximum Speed: 127 mph (204 km/h)
  • Climb Rate 2000 Meters 7 min
  • Endurance: 2 hr.
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Armament: 2 × forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. Albatros D.VII. The Virtual Aviation Museum Retrieved 08:15, March 24, 2011, from http://www.luftfahrtmuseum.com/htmi/itf/albd7.htm/li>
  2. Albatros D.VII. The Aerodrome Forum. Retrieved 08:10, March 24, 2011, from http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/aircraft/30987-albatros-dvii.html
  3. Albatros D.VII. (2011, January 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:29, March 24, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Albatros_D.VII&oldid=409267682
  4. Albatros D.VII.1917 The Virtual Aircraft Museum Retrieved 06:49, March 22, 2011, from http://www.aviastar.org/air/germany/albatros_d-7.php
  5. Green, W. & Swanborough, G. The Complete Book of Fighters (1994). London: Salamander Books. ISBN 1-85833-777-1
  6. Grosz, Peter M. Albatros Experimentals- Forgotten Fighters 1. Windsock Datafile Specials Albatros Productions Limited (1 Jan 1992) ISBN-10: 0948414456 ISBN-13: 978-0948414459
  7. Grey and Thetford's German Aircraft of the First World War. Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of Ame (April 1990) ISBN-10: 0933852711 ISBN-13: 978-0933852716

Albatros Dr.I

Albatros Dr.I
Albatros Dr.I

The Albatros Dr.I is one of those planes that should have been good but wasn't. During the First World War, aviation was in its infancy and a number of interesting designs were flown, but never accepted for service. The Albatros Dr.I was one of those designs.

After the appearance of the Sopwith Triplane, manufacturers in Germany were requested to give thought to the triplane format. Built to try to improve climb performance, the Albatros Dr I had a DVa fuselage and powerplant, serial D 1573/17 with wings of equal cord and span. All three wings had ailerons connected by vertical steel struts.
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Albatros Dr.I
  • Type: Experimental Triplane Fighter
  • National Origin: German Empire
  • Manufacturer: Albatros Werke GmbH
  • First Flight: September 1917
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Status: Prototype
  • Number built: 2
  • Powerplant: Mercedes IIIa, water cooled 6 cylinder in-line, 180 hp (134 kW)
  • Wing Span:
  • Length: 24 ft 0.5 in
  • Crew: 1
  • Armament: 2 × forward firing Spandau 7.92mm machine guns

References

  1. Green, W. & Swanborough, G. (1994). "The Complete Book of Fighters". London: Salamander Books. ISBN 1-85833-777-1

L.V.G. D IV

L.V.G. D IV
L.V.G. D IV

Continuing the streamlined, ply-covered fuselage trend, the L.V.G. D IV featured a wing cellule similar to that of the earlier D II, with single-spar lower wing and vee interplane struts. The nose, of blunter proportions but still neatly spinnered, housed the vee-eight type, direct-drive, 195 h.p. Benz Bz IIIb engine. The machine participated at the second D types Competition at Adlershof in June 1918.

L.V.G. D IV
  • Role: Experimental Fighter
  • National Origin: German Empire
  • Manufacturer: Luftverkehrsgesellschaft m.b.H.
  • First Flight: 1917?
  • Status: Prototype
  • Retired: 1918
  • Powerplant: 1× 185 hp (138 kW) Benz Bz IIIbo
  • Wingspan: 8.50 m 27 ft. 10 ¾ in
  • Wing area: 18.06 m² 195 ft²
  • Length: 6.28 m 20 ft. 7 ¼ in
  • Height: 2.70 m 8 ft. 10 ¼ in in
  • Take-off weight: 935 kg 2,057 lb
  • Empty weight: 680 kg 1,496 lb
  • Max. speed: 180 km/h 112 mph
  • Cruise speed: 155 km/h 96 mph
  • Climb Rate: 5,000 m. (16,400 ft.) in 28 min at loaded weight of 2,004 lb (911 kg)
  • Crew: 1
  • Armament: 2 × forward-firing 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. Grey & Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Putnam &Company.
  2. L.V.G. D IV 1917 the Virtual Aircraft Museum retreived Nov/09/2012-14:47 from: http://www.aviastar.org/air/germany/lvg_d-4.php
  3. L.V.G. D IV 1917 flyingmachines.ru retreived Nov/09/2012-14:42 from: http://flyingmachines.ru/Site2/Crafts/Craft25806.htm

Pfalz Dr.I

Pfalz Dr.I -1918
Pfalz Dr.I

The Pfalz Dr.I was a German fighter prototype of World War I. Official interest in the potential of the triplane configuration for single-seat fighters prompted Pfalz to develop the Dr.I. It underwent initial testing in October 1917, and an initial batch of 10 aircraft were shipped to the Front and arrived in April 1918.

Service pilots involved in testing the Dr.I considered it too slow and its Sh III engine too unreliable for frontline use and no further examples were produced.

Pfalz Dr.I
  • Type: Fighter
  • National Origin: German Empire
  • Manufacturer: Pfalz Flugzeugwerke
  • First Flight: October 1917
  • Introduced: April 1918
  • Retired: 1918
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Number built: 10
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-Halske Sh.III eleven cylinder geared rotary engine, 160 hp (119 kW)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 0.66 in (8.55 m)
  • Wing Area: 185.14 ft² (17.20m²)
  • Length: 18 ft 0½ in (5.50m)
  • Height: 9 ft 0.66 in (2.76 m)
  • Empty Weight: 1,124 lb (510 kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 1,554 lb (705 kg)
  • Maximum Speed: 118 mph (190 km/h) 118mph (190km/h) at 13,125 ft (4,000m)
  • Time to: 5,000 m 13.5 minutes
  • Endurance: 1.5 hours
  • Crew: One
  • Armament: 2 × synchronised LMG 08/15 machine guns

References

  1. From Wikipedia Pfalz Dr.I, "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfalz_Dr.I"
  2. William Green and Gordon Swanborough. "The Complete Book of Fighters". Colour Library Direct, Godalming, UK: 1994. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.