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AEG C.VIII Triplane 1917.jpg
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
National origin  German Empire
Manufacturer AEG
First flight October 1917
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built 2
Developed from AEG C.IV

The AEG C.VIII was a prototype two-seat reconnaissance aircraft of World War I.[1] Two examples were built, based on the successful C.IV design, one of biplane configuration, the other a triplane (the latter sometimes referred to as the C.VIII.Dr). Neither version offered enough of an improvement on the C.IV to make mass production worthwhile.


  • C.VIII - Biplane prototype two-seater fighter/reconnaissance aircraft.
  • C.VIII Dr - Triplane version of C.VIII, no improvement in climb and speed reduced to 165 km/h (103.12 mph)

Specifications (AEG C.VIII)[edit]

Data from German Aircraft of the First World War. [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 6.9 m (22 ft 7¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
  • Height: ()
  • Empty weight: 800 kg (1,760 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,160 kg (2,552 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III six-cylinder water-cooled inline engine, 119 kW (160 hp)


See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ a b Gray and Thetford 1962, p.238.
  • Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London:Putnam, 1970 2nd. Ed.