Aviatik C.I

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C.I
Aviatik C.I.jpg
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight 1915
Introduction 1915
Retired 1917

The Aviatik C.I was an observation aircraft which came into service during World War I in April 1915. It was the successor to the Aviatik B.I and B.II models. In the C.I the observer sat in front of the pilot, with two machine-guns, mounted on rails on each side of the observer's cockpit, which gave the crew the means to attack enemy aircraft.[1][clarification needed] The positions of the pilot and observer were reversed in the C.Ia version. Later models of the plane included the Aviatik C.II and the C.III, which had more powerful engines. The C.III was produced in large numbers.

Variants[edit]

C.1
C.II
This model was powered by a 149 kW (200 hp) Benz Bz.IV engine. it was not produced in quantity.[2]
C.III
The C.III was a 1916 refinement which was operated until 1917.[2]

Operators[edit]

 Austria-Hungary
 German Empire
 Romania
 Kingdom of Yugoslavia+

Specifications[edit]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 7.925 m (26 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 14 in)
  • Height: 2.95 m (9 ft 8 18 in)
  • Wing area: 43 m2 (465.4 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 750 kg (1,650 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,340 kg (2,948 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D III 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line, 119 kW (160 hp)

Performance

Armament

  • Guns: 2 machine guns in forward cockpit

Operators[edit]

 German Empire
  Switzerland
 Kingdom of Yugoslavia

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ van Wyngarden, G. Early German Aces, p.6
  2. ^ a b Janes, p.88
  3. ^ Thetford 1962, pp.62—63.

References[edit]

  • van Wyngarden, G. Early German Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2006. ISBN 1-84176-997-5
  • Taylor, Michael J H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. Portland House, 1989. ISBN 0-517-69186-8
  • Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London:Putnam, 1962.
  • Herris, Jack and Pearson, Bob. Aviatik Aircraft of World War I. Aeronaut Books, 2014.