AEG J.I / J.II

The AEG J.I was a German biplane ground attack aircraft of 1917, an armoured and more powerful version of the AEG C.IV reconnaissance aircraft.

The AEG J.I was a two-seat single-engine tractor biplane with a conventional landing gear with a tail skid.

The aircraft was constructed using fabric covered steel tubes.

The open tandem cockpit for the pilot and gunner had armour protection.

The gunner had three weapons, two 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns were fitted to the floor of the cockpit for ground targets.

One 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun was on a rotatable mounting.

Aircraft fitted with ailerons on the lower wing as well as the upper wing were designated AEG J.Ia.

An improved version of the J.I was developed as the AEG J.II, which had aerodynamically balanced ailerons with overhanging horn balances, extended rear fuselage with a larger fin to improve directional stability and a re-located aileron link strut.

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)

Wingspan

13.46 m (44 ft 2 in)

Height

3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)

Wing area

33.18 m2 (357.1 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,455 kg (3,208 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Benz Bz IV 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 149 kW (200 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

150 km/h (93 mph, 81 kn)

Range

375 km (233 mi, 202 nmi)

Endurance

2.5hr

Service ceiling

4,500 m (14,800 ft)

Rate of climb

2.78 m/s (547 ft/min)

Time to altitude

1,000m in 6min

Armament

Guns

Up to

6 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) fixed, downwards-firing LMG 08/15 machine guns (standard fit of 2)

1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 in rear cockpit.

 

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