Imperial Germany (1914)
About sixty A.I unarmed reconnaissance platforms were built by Pfalz of Germany and many saw service with Bavarian units during World War 1.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Pfalz A.I Two-Seat Unarmed Reconnaissance Aircraft. Entry last updated on 11/21/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Pfalz of Germany managed to arrange a local-license contract from Morane-Saulnier before the fighting began and produced the type as the Pfalz "A.1". Availability was limited and the aircraft fought mainly with Bavarian forces due to Pfalz being headquartered in the region. The A.I series was produced as a two-seat unarmed scouting platform and the series consisted of two major marks - the base A.I with its Oberursel engine of 80 horsepower, and the A.II with the uprated Oberursel engine of 100 horsepower. Total production yielded just sixty aircraft and some that fell to German units were eventually fielded with a single Spandau LMG 08 series machine gun.
The aircraft series fared well enough as early-war unarmed reconnaissance platforms went. Ultimately they were superseded in both capability and performance by more advanced types quickly getting airborne. Performance including a maximum speed of 83 miles per hour with a service ceiling up to 9,842 feet. Endurance was up to four hours.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (84mph).
Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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