AEG D.I & DR.I

The AEG D.I was a biplane fighter of World War I.

Three prototypes were ordered, but after the first two were involved in serious crashes, one of which killed flying ace Walter Höhndorf on September 5, 1917, development was cancelled.

A triplane version was built as the Dr.I.

The second and third prototypes differed little from the first except in detail.

Variants

A.E.G. D.I

1917 prototype single seat biplane fighter.

A.E.G. Dr.I

1917 prototype single seat triplane fighter.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

6.1 m (20 ft 0 in)

Wingspan

8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)

Height

2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)

Wing area

16.14 m2 (173.7 sq ft)

Empty weight

685 kg (1,510 lb)

Gross weight

940 kg (2,072 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Daimler D.IIIa 6-cylinder, liquid-cooled, inline piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

205 km/h (127 mph, 111 kn)

Range

465 km (289 mi, 251 nmi)

Service ceiling

5,000 m (16,000 ft)

Rate of climb

6.67 m/s (1,313 ft/min)

Time to altitude

1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 2.2 minutes

5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 25 minutes

Wing loading

58 kg/m2 (12 lb/sq ft)

Power/mass

0.13 kW/kg (0.08 hp/lb)

Armament

Guns

2x 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 machineguns.

 

 

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