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AirCo DH.10 (Amiens)

United Kingdom (1918)
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Just under 260 examples of the Airco DH.10 were completed in all - though the type arrived very late for the fighting of World War 1.


Detailing the development and operational history of the AirCo DH.10 (Amiens) Twin-Engine Medium Biplane Bomber Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/16/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

In the final year of World War 1 (1914-1918), Geoffrey de Havilland of AirCo developed an all-new, twin-engined biplane bomber in the form of the "DH.10". A first-flight was had on March 4th, 1918 and the type was introduced in November of that year - the same month the war officially came to a close. As such, the series did not leave its imprint on the Grand War and production was limited to 258 units with most arriving in the ensuring post-war period. The United Kingdom became its sole global military operator and the bomber served across some eight total squadrons in one form or another. Some continued on in civilian service in both the United Kingdom and the United States into the early-1920s.

The DH.10 was built in response to a British requirement for a new bomber to help end the war. de Havilland revised the earlier DH.3 series biplane platform for the specification a prototype was quickly arranged for testing. This form - the "Amiens Mk I" - carried 2 x Siddeley "Puma" engines of 230 horsepower output and configured in a "pusher" arrangement (propellers facing rearward). The design did not impress British authorities who deemed it too slow so this led to a revision of the already-revised aircraft, now fitting 2 x Rolls-Royce "Eagle" VIII series engines of 360 horsepower each in a more traditional conventional "puller" set up. In this form - "Amiens Mk II - the project succeeded. However, due to the unavailability of Eagle engines, the production model - "Amiens Mk III" - was flown with American "Liberty" 12 series engines of 395 horsepower and it was this model that proved the mark-of-choice for the Royal Air Force (RAF) who officially adopted the Amiens as the DH.10.

Amiens Mk III production totaled 221 examples. The Amiens Mk IIIA (DH.10A) was a version numbering 32 examples that flew with their engines fitted to the lower wing assemblies (as opposed to being suspended between the lower and upper wing assemblies as in the Mk III). The Amiens IIIC (DH.10C) was a limited-production model (five examples) that was flown with Eagle engines as insurance against availability of the American Liberty engines.

The DH.10 was received in number beginning in November of 1918 but managed only a single attack sortie against the enemy before the cessation of hostilities arrived through the Armistice - the line did not see combat service from then on, instead being used in other roles like mail delivery in parts of the British Empire and elsewhere. The aircraft served into 1923 before being given up for good.

As completed, the DH.10 featured an operating crew of three. Dimensions included a length of 12 meters with a wingspan of 20 meters and height of 4.4 meters. Empty weight was 5,750lb against a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 9,050lb. Power was from 2 x Liberty 12A V12 engines developing 400 horsepower each and providing a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour with a service ceiling of 19,000 feet and a mission endurance window of six hours. Climb to 10,000 feet was eleven minutes.

Defensive armament was 1 or 2 x .303 Lewis machine guns on trainable (Scarff) wings. The guns were located at the nose and along midships to help provide defense against the slow-moving bomber. Internally there was provision for up to 920lb of conventional drop ordnance.

Any available statistics for the AirCo DH.10 (Amiens) Twin-Engine Medium Biplane Bomber Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (130mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United Kingdom
Year: 1918
Type: Twin-Engine Medium Biplane Bomber Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Aircraft Manufacturing Company Ltd (AirCo) / de Havilland - United Kingdom
Production: 258
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
United Kingdom; United States (civilian market)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AirCo DH.10 (Amiens IIIA) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
3


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
39.63 ft


Meters
12.08 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
65.55 ft


Meters
19.98 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.50 ft


Meters
4.42 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
5,765 lb


Kilograms
2,615 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
9,083 lb


Kilograms
4,120 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Liberty 12A V12 piston engines developing 400 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
130 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
210 kph


Knots
113 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
783 mi


Kilometers
1,260 km


Nautical Miles
680 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,029 ft


Meters
5,800 m


Miles
3.60 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
910 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
277 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

STANDARD:
1 OR 2 x .303 (7.7mm) Lewis Guns on trainable mounts and nose and midships of fuselage.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 920lb of internally-carried conventional drop stores.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• DH.10 "Amiens" - Base Series Designation
• Amiens Mk I - Prototype model with 2 x Puma engines in pusher configuration.
• Amiens Mk II - Protype model with 2 x Rolls-Royce Eagle engines in puller configuration.
• Amiens Mk III - Definitive production model; 2 x Liberty 12 series engines; 221 examples produced.
• Amiens Mk IIIA (DH.10A) - Mark III model with relocated engines under wing mainplanes; 32 examples completed.
• Amiens Mk IIIC (DH.10C) - Fitted with 2 x Rolls-Royce Eagle engines owing to possible shortage of Liberty powerplants; five examples completed.