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    World War 1 Aircraft Ranked by Speed

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/6/2016

    World War 1 saw the birth of the fighter and bomber airplane - with each new passing month, a newer design of greater capability was unleashed.





    As with any war, World War 1 pushed the limited of the technology of the period, providing the canvas for new engines with corresponding airframes developed to certain military specifications. Many designs proved pioneering in their nature and solidified both the fighter and the bomber as capable tools of war to be used in conjunction with land and naval forces. Many-an-ace were made thanks to the impressive mounts fielded in a war where it proved just as important to outmatch your opponent through sheer power than skill alone. The list below showcases WW1 aircraft by their reported maximum speed values. Bear in mind that the listed speeds below pertain to a specific production variant rather than to an entire family of aircraft. Additionally, some developmental aircraft appearing during the war are featured in this list despite them having not seen formal service nor combat.


    There are a total of (153) WW1 Aircraft Ranked by Speed in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by maximum reported speed descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1918
    145 mph (233 kph)
    Variant: Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard
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    Thumbnail picture of the Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard

    1917
    143 mph (230 kph)
    Variant: Airco DH.4 (Eagle VIII)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.4

    1917
    138 mph (222 kph)
    Variant: SPAD S.XIII
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XIII

    1917
    138 mph (222 kph)
    Variant: Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a
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    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5

    1918
    137 mph (220 kph)
    Variant: Ansaldo A 1 Balilla (Hunter)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Ansaldo A 1 Balilla (Hunter)

    1920
    135 mph (217 kph)
    Variant: SPAD S.XX (S.20)
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XX (S.20)

    1918
    134 mph (215 kph)
    Variant: Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11 (Lepere United States Army Combat Model 11)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11

    1917
    127 mph (205 kph)
    Variant: SPAD S.XIV
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XIV

    1917
    126 mph (203 kph)
    Variant: SPAD S.XII
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XII

    1918
    124 mph (200 kph)
    Variant: Macchi M.7ter
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    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.7

    1918
    124 mph (200 kph)
    Variant: LFG Roland D.VI
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    Thumbnail picture of the LFG Roland D.VI

    1918
    124 mph (200 kph)
    Variant: Boulton Paul P.3 Bobolink
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    Thumbnail picture of the Boulton Paul P.3 Bobolink

    1917
    123 mph (198 kph)
    Variant: Bristol F.2B
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    Thumbnail picture of the Bristol F.2

    1918
    123 mph (198 kph)
    Variant: Nieuport 28
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    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 28

    1917
    121 mph (195 kph)
    Variant: Breguet Br.14B2
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    Thumbnail picture of the Breguet Br.14

    1918
    121 mph (195 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith Snipe
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Snipe

    1916
    119 mph (191 kph)
    Variant: SPAD S.VII
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.VII

    1918
    118 mph (190 kph)
    Variant: Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
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    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert D.IV

    1918
    118 mph (190 kph)
    Variant: Ufag C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Ufag C.I

    1917
    117 mph (189 kph)
    Variant: Macchi M.5
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    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.5

    1918
    117 mph (189 kph)
    Variant: Fokker D.VII (Mercedes D.III)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker D.VII

    1916
    117 mph (188 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith Triplane
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Triplane

    1918
    117 mph (188 kph)
    Variant: Fokker D.VIII
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker D.VIII (Fokker E.V)

    1918
    117 mph (188 kph)
    Variant: Salmson 2
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    Thumbnail picture of the Salmson 2

    1916
    116 mph (187 kph)
    Variant: Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)

    1917
    116 mph (186 kph)
    Variant: Albatros D.V
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.V

    1917
    116 mph (186 kph)
    Variant: Albatros D.Va
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.Va

    1918
    116 mph (186 kph)
    Variant: Halberstadt CL.IV
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    Thumbnail picture of the Halberstadt CL.IV

    1917
    115 mph (185 kph)
    Variant: Nieuport 27
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    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 27

    1917
    115 mph (185 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith F.1 Camel
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Camel

    1917
    115 mph (185 kph)
    Variant: Aviatik D.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Aviatik D.I (Berg D.I)

    1916
    114 mph (184 kph)
    Variant: Hanriot HD.1
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    Thumbnail picture of the Hanriot HD.1

    1918
    114 mph (183 kph)
    Variant: Caudron R.11
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron R.11

    1917
    113 mph (182 kph)
    Variant: Airco DH.9
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    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.9

    1917
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: Siemens-Schuckert D.III
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    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III

    1916
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith Pup
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Pup

    1917
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Dolphin

    1917
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: Phonix D.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Phonix D (Series)

    1917
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: SPAD S.XI A2
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XI

    1917
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler D.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler D.I

    1915
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Variant: DFW T.28 Floh (Flea)
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    Thumbnail picture of the DFW T.28 Floh (Flea)

    1917
    110 mph (177 kph)
    Variant: Phonix C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Phonix C.I

    1916
    110 mph (177 kph)
    Variant: Nieuport 17
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    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 17

    1916
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: Albatros D.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.I

    1916
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: Albatros D.II
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.II

    1917
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: Albatros D.III
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.III

    1917
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: Albatros C.X
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.X

    1917
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler C.VII
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.VII

    1917
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: LVG D.III
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    Thumbnail picture of the LVG D.III

    1918
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Variant: Fokker C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker C.I

    1917
    106 mph (171 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler C.IV
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.IV

    1918
    106 mph (171 kph)
    Variant: Fairey IIID
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey III

    1918
    106 mph (171 kph)
    Variant: Vought VE-7 Bluebird
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    Thumbnail picture of the Vought VE-7 Bluebird

    1916
    106 mph (170 kph)
    Variant: Albatros C.V
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.V

    1917
    106 mph (170 kph)
    Variant: LVG C.V
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    Thumbnail picture of the LVG C.V

    1918
    106 mph (170 kph)
    Variant: LVG C.VI
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    Thumbnail picture of the LVG C.VI

    1918
    104 mph (168 kph)
    Variant: Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber
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    Thumbnail picture of the Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber

    1916
    104 mph (167 kph)
    Variant: Ponnier M.1
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    Thumbnail picture of the Ponnier M.1

    1919
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Variant: Vickers Vimy Mk II
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    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Vimy

    1917
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Variant: Beardmore SB 3F
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    Thumbnail picture of the Beardmore WB III / SB 3

    1918
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith Rhino
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Rhino

    1916
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Variant: Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
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    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8

    1915
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler G.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler G.I

    1917
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Variant: Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker)

    1917
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Variant: Pfalz D.IIIa
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    Thumbnail picture of the Pfalz D.III

    1916
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Variant: AEG G.IV
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    Thumbnail picture of the AEG G.IV

    1915
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Variant: Morane-Saulnier Type N
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    Thumbnail picture of the Morane-Saulnier Type N

    1916
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Variant: LFG Roland C.II (Whale)
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    Thumbnail picture of the LFG Roland C.II (Whale)

    1916
    102 mph (164 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)

    1917
    102 mph (164 kph)
    Variant: Airco DH.5
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    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.5

    1915
    101 mph (162 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith Baby
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Baby

    1914
    100 mph (161 kph)
    Variant: Bristol Scout
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    Thumbnail picture of the Bristol Scout

    1918
    100 mph (161 kph)
    Variant: Junkers CL.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers CL.I

    1917
    99 mph (160 kph)
    Variant: Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
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    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12

    1917
    99 mph (160 kph)
    Variant: Fokker V.5
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)

    1918
    98 mph (158 kph)
    Variant: Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
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    Thumbnail picture of the Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo

    1916
    98 mph (158 kph)
    Variant: AEG C.IV
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    Thumbnail picture of the AEG C.IV

    1918
    98 mph (157 kph)
    Variant: Handley Page H.P. O/400
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    Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page H.P. O/400

    1915
    97 mph (156 kph)
    Variant: Nieuport 11 (Bebe)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 11 (Bebe)

    1916
    97 mph (156 kph)
    Variant: Avro 523 Pike
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    Thumbnail picture of the Avro 523 Pike

    1916
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Variant: Siemens-Schuckert D.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert D.I

    1916
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Variant: DFW C.V
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    Thumbnail picture of the DFW C.V

    1917
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Variant: Fokker V.6
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII)

    1917
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Variant: Fokker V.4
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker V.4 (Fokker D.VI)

    1915
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Variant: SPAD A.2
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    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.A

    1917
    96 mph (154 kph)
    Variant: Felixstowe F.2A
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    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.2

    1917
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Variant: Curtiss H-16
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    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss H-16

    1917
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Variant: Avro 529A
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    Thumbnail picture of the Avro 529

    1916
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler 6B
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler 6B

    1917
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Variant: Armstrong Whitworth FK8
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    Thumbnail picture of the Armstrong Whitworth FK8

    1915
    94 mph (152 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler C.I
    [READ MORE]
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.I

    1916
    94 mph (151 kph)
    Variant: Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8
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    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8

    1915
    93 mph (150 kph)
    Variant: Airco DH.2
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    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.2

    1917
    93 mph (150 kph)
    Variant: Caudron G.6
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.6

    1917
    92 mph (148 kph)
    Variant: Dorand AR.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Dorand AR

    1915
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Variant: Nieuport 12
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    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 12

    1914
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler B.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler B.I

    1913
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Variant: Avro Type 504K
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    Thumbnail picture of the Avro 504

    1917
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Variant: LTG FD.1
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    Thumbnail picture of the LTG FD.1

    1915
    88 mph (142 kph)
    Variant: Aviatik C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Aviatik C.I

    1918
    88 mph (142 kph)
    Variant: Felixstowe F.5
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    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.5

    1915
    88 mph (142 kph)
    Variant: Short Type 184
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    Thumbnail picture of the Short Type 184

    1916
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Hansa-Brandenburg C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (Type LDD)

    1917
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Gotha G.V
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    Thumbnail picture of the Gotha G.V

    1917
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Albatros J.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros J.I

    1917
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler C.VIII
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.VIII

    1914
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Sopwith Tabloid
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Tabloid

    1915
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Albatros C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.I

    1915
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Albatros C.III
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.III

    1915
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Fokker E.III (Eindecker)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker E (Eindecker)

    1918
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Variant: Caproni Ca.4 (Ca.42)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.4

    1917
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Variant: Caproni Ca.3 (Ca.36)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.3

    1918
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Variant: Curtiss NC-4 (Nancy Boat)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)

    1917
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Variant: Fairey Campania F.22
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    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Campania

    1916
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Variant: Lohner C.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Lohner C.I

    1915
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Variant: Lohner B.VII
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    Thumbnail picture of the Lohner B.VII

    1916
    85 mph (136 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler C.III
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.III

    1915
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Variant: Lebed Type XII
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    Thumbnail picture of the Lebed Type XII

    1916
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Variant: Gotha G.IV
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    Thumbnail picture of the Gotha G.IV

    1917
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Variant: Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI
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    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin-Staaken R-series

    1917
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Variant: Friedrichshafen G.III
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    Thumbnail picture of the Friedrichshafen G.III

    1915
    82 mph (132 kph)
    Variant: Caudron G.4A.2
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.4

    1915
    81 mph (130 kph)
    Variant: LVG C.II
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    Thumbnail picture of the LVG C.II

    1916
    81 mph (130 kph)
    Variant: Wright Model L
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    Thumbnail picture of the Wright Model L

    1915
    80 mph (129 kph)
    Variant: Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b
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    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2

    1915
    80 mph (128 kph)
    Variant: AGO C.II
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    Thumbnail picture of the AGO C.II

    1915
    80 mph (128 kph)
    Variant: Lloyd C.II
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    Thumbnail picture of the Lloyd C.II

    1914
    78 mph (125 kph)
    Variant: Hansa-Brandenburg (Type FD)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg B.I (Type D/FD)

    1919
    78 mph (125 kph)
    Variant: Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
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    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII

    1915
    75 mph (121 kph)
    Variant: Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny)

    1915
    75 mph (120 kph)
    Variant: Caproni Ca.1 (Ca.32)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.1

    1913
    75 mph (120 kph)
    Variant: Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz Type V No 167
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    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)

    1916
    75 mph (120 kph)
    Variant: Sikorsky S-16 (RBVZ S-XVI)
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    1917
    73 mph (117 kph)
    Variant: Aeromarine 39A
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    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 39

    1912
    72 mph (116 kph)
    Variant: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c
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    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2

    1917
    71 mph (115 kph)
    Variant: Standard J-1
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    Thumbnail picture of the Standard J-1

    1918
    71 mph (114 kph)
    Variant: Aeromarine 40F
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    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 40

    1915
    70 mph (113 kph)
    Variant: Vickers FB.5 (Gunbus)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers FB.5 (Gunbus)

    1917
    66 mph (106 kph)
    Variant: Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)

    1914
    66 mph (106 kph)
    Variant: Caudron G.3
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    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.3

    1914
    66 mph (106 kph)
    Variant: Farman MF.11 Shorthorn
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    Thumbnail picture of the Farman MF.11 Shorthorn

    1915
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Variant: LVG B.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the LVG B (Series)

    1915
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Variant: Voisin Type 5
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    Thumbnail picture of the Voisin Type 5

    1914
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Variant: Albatros B.II
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    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros B.II

    1914
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Variant: Ponnier L.1
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    Thumbnail picture of the Ponnier L.1

    1914
    62 mph (100 kph)
    Variant: Aviatik B.I
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    Thumbnail picture of the Aviatik B.I

    1910
    62 mph (100 kph)
    Variant: Rumpler 4C Taube
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    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)

    1916
    62 mph (100 kph)
    Variant: Zeppelin L.32 (LZ-74)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin L.32 (LZ-74)

    1915
    58 mph (93 kph)
    Variant: Zeppelin L.10 (LZ-40)
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    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin L.10 (LZ-40)

    1918
    57 mph (92 kph)
    Variant: NS7
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    Thumbnail picture of the NS7

    1918
    53 mph (85 kph)
    Variant: SSZ.65 (Submarine Scout Zero)
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    Thumbnail picture of the SSZ.65

    1917
    47 mph (76 kph)
    Variant: C.23 (Coastal Class)
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    Thumbnail picture of the C.23 (Coastal Class)

    1909
    47 mph (75 kph)
    Variant: Bleriot XI
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    Thumbnail picture of the Bleriot XI