AEG D.I

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AEG D.I
German AEG D.I fighter prototype.jpg
AEG D.I fighter prototype
Role Fighter aircraft
National origin German Empire
Manufacturer AEG
First flight May 1917
Number built 3[1]
Variants AEG Dr.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, one of which killed flying ace Walter Höhndorf on September 5, 1917, development was cancelled. A triplane version was built as the Dr.I. The second and third prototypes differed little from the first except in detail.[1]

Variants[edit]

A.E.G. D.I
1917 prototype single seat biplane fighter.[1]
A.E.G. Dr.I
1917 prototype single seat triplane fighter.[1]

Aircraft numbers[edit]

  • AEG D.I first prototype - no. not known.[1]
  • AEG D.I second prototype - D4401/17.[1]
  • AEG D.I third prototype - D5002/17[1]
  • AEG Dr.I prototype - no. not known[1]

Specifications (AEG D.I)[edit]

Data from German Aircraft of the First World War[1] and Wagner/Nowarra, German Combat Planes pg.73.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.1 m (20 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 16.14 m2 (173.7 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 685 kg (1,510 lb)
  • Gross weight: 940 kg (2,072 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Daimler D.IIIa 6-cylinder, liquid-cooled, inline piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 205 km/h (127 mph; 111 kn)
  • Range: 465 km (289 mi; 251 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6.67 m/s (1,313 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 2.2 minutes
    5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 25 minutes
  • Wing loading: 58 kg/m2 (12 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.13 kW/kg (0.08 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns: 2x 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine-guns

See also[edit]

Related development
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kroschel, Günter; Stützer, Helmut: Die deutschen Militärflugzeuge 1910-18, Wilhelmshaven 1977
  • Munson, Kenneth: Bomber 1914–19, Zürich 1968, Nr. 20
  • Nowarra, Heinz: Die Entwicklung der Flugzeuge 1914-18, München 1959
  • Sharpe, Michael: Doppeldecker, Dreifachdecker & Wasserflugzeuge, Gondrom, Bindlach 2001, ISBN 3-8112-1872-7
  • Wagner, Ray and Nowarra, Heinz. German Combat Planes: A Comprehensive Survey and History of the Development of German Military Aircraft from 1914 to 1945. New York: Doubleday, 1971.