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AEG Dr.I

Triplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft

AEG Dr.I

Triplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft

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SPECIFICATIONS
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



A single, poorly-performing prototype was all that was realized of the AEG Dr.I triplane fighter project during World War 1.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1917
STATUS: Cancelled
MANUFACTURER(S): Allgemeine Elektricitats-Gesellschaft AG (AEG) - Imperial Germany
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AEG Dr.I model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 20.01 feet (6.1 meters)
WIDTH: 27.89 feet (8.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.69 feet (2.65 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,510 pounds (685 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,072 pounds (940 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Daimler D.IIIa 6-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine developing 170 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 106 miles-per-hour (170 kilometers-per-hour; 92 knots)
RANGE: 286 miles (460 kilometers; 248 nautical miles)
CEILING: 15,092 feet (4,600 meters; 2.86 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,300 feet-per-minute (396 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Dr.I - Base Series Designation; single prototype completed.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the AEG Dr.I Triplane Fighter Prototype Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The end of the D.I biplane fighter for AEG did not mark the end of work on the series. The design was evolved into a triplane form as the Dr.I. The triplane made its mark through several notable designs put forth by the Allies and the Germans and advantages included maximized control due to the increase in lift and drag. Such fighters held a short-lived mastery of the skies for designs ultimately reverted back to biplane types. Nevertheless, just about every major aircraft firm attempted a three-winged (or more) design before the end of the war.

Development of the Dr.I originated from a review of a captured British Sopwith Triplane fighter during July of 1917. This possessed the Germans to develop something of equal capability lest they be outdone in the air by their long-time enemy. In October of 1917, AEG attempted just that and took their ultimately-abandoned D.I biplane and added a third wing member between the existing upper and lower sections. The aircraft retained the fuselage, tail unit and armament suite (2 x 7.92mm machine guns) of the D.I as well as the wheeled tail-dragger undercarriage. Power was derived from a Daimler D.IIIa 6-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine of 170 horsepower.

Despite the third wing element, the Dr.I showcased poor handling and the added drag reduced performance of an already poor-performing fighter (maximum speed was 106 miles per hour). As quickly as the Dr.I appeared, it was abandoned as no interest in the type had formed.

The war would progress without it.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (106mph).

    Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the AEG Dr.I's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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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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