AEG B.I - B.II - B.III

1st Flight 1914

B.1

The AEG B.I was a German two-seat biplane unarmed reconnaissance aircraft produced in very small numbers in 1914.

It formed the basis for the more successful B- and C-type aircraft from AEG.

B.II

The AEG B.II was a two-seat biplane reconnaissance aircraft produced in small numbers from 1914.

It was a slightly smaller version of the B.I and proved more successful.

They were used in limited numbers throughout 1914 to 1915, but were quickly replaced, as they were often derided for lack of speed and armament.

B.III

The AEG B.III was a German two-seat biplane reconnaissance aircraft produced in very small numbers from 1915.

It was a further refinement of the B.I and B.II, with a fresh tail plane assembly, but was still only just adequate in performance and did not attract much interest.

The B.III was put into reconnaissance and training roles in 1915, but was soon replaced by armed aircraft in the German military.

Specifications

Crew: 2

Length: 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)

Wingspan: 14.5 m (47 ft 7 in)

Wing area: 44 m2 (470 sq ft)

Empty weight: 650 kg (1,433 lb)

Max take-off weight: 1,040 kg (2,293 lb)

Power plant: 1 × Mercedes D.I 6-cyl, Water cooled in-line piston engine, 74.5 kW (99.9 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 100 km/h (62 mph, 54 kn)

Service ceiling: 2,500 m (8,200 ft)

Wing loading: 24 kg/m2 (4.9 lb/sq ft).

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