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The AEG C.V, a biplane reconnaissance aircraft, was developed as a prototype during World War I.

This two-seater aircraft aimed to incorporate a more powerful engine compared to its predecessors in the AEG C-class of reconnaissance aircraft.

Unfortunately, despite high expectations, the performance of the AEG C.V did not meet satisfactory standards.

As a result, any plans for further development of this model were cancelled.

Although the AEG C.V was a significant effort to enhance reconnaissance aircraft during the war, its underwhelming performance prevented it from becoming a successful prototype.

The cancellation of its further development emphasises the crucial role of rigors testing and evaluation in the aircraft development process.


The AEG C.VI was designed as a biplane reconnaissance aircraft during World War I, capable of accommodating two individuals.

Its development commenced in 1916, and it was created by modifying the AEG C.IV.

Despite its innovative design, the aircraft never entered production and remained a prototype.


The AEG C.VII, a biplane reconnaissance aircraft, was developed during World War I as a two-seater prototype.

It was an upgraded version of the C.IV model, but unfortunately, it never progressed beyond the prototype stage.

The AEG C.VII underwent testing with two different wing configurations.

The first arrangement had slightly tapered single bay wings, while the second featured sharply swept upper wings.

These tests aimed to determine the most effective wing design for the aircraft.

Despite its promising design, the AEG C.VII did not enter production and therefore did not see active service during the war.

Nonetheless, its development and testing played a significant role in advancing aviation technology during that era.

The AEG C.VII holds a significant place in aviation history and serves as a testament to the innovative spirit of early aircraft designers.






6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)


11.1 m (36 ft 5 in)

Empty weight

758 kg (1,671 lb)

Gross weight

1,118 kg (2,465 lb)


1 × Mercedes D.III,

6-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine,

119 kW (160 hp)


Maximum speed

165 km/h (103 mph, 89 kn)

Rate of climb

4.17 m/s (821 ft/min)

Time to altitude

1,000m (3,282ft) in 4min



1 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun

1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun in ring mount for observer.

AEG Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes-Jack Herris.
German Aircraft of the First World War-Owen Thetford.
Biplanes, Triplanes & Seaplanes-Michael Sharpe.


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