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The Aviatik B.II was a reconnaissance aircraft built in Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War I.
Design and development
The B.II was a two-seat biplane of conventional configuration that seated its pilot and observer in tandem, open cockpits. Compared to its predecessor, the B.I, the B.II had a more powerful engine and revised nose design that faired the powerplant in more neatly, and a single "rhino horn" collector stack for the exhaust. A variety of two- and three-bay wing designs were utilised during production. While originally no armament was fitted (in common with other B- class aircraft), later production versions received a machine gun for the observer. All were withdrawn from front line service by early 1916, however the type continued in use as a trainer for a time with advanced flying training units (it is known that the B.II served in this role at FEA 9 at Darmstadt during 1916).
Austro-Hungarian built D.IIs featured revised, enlarged ailerons, and Austro-Daimler engines.
- Crew: two, pilot and observer
- Length: 7.10 m (23 ft 3 in)
- Wingspan: 12.35 m (40 ft 6 in)
- Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
- Gross weight: 1,071 kg (2,356 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.II, 88 kW (120 hp)
- Maximum speed: 100 km/h (60 mph)
- Endurance: 4 hours
- Service ceiling: 6,100 m (20,000 ft)
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