Imperial Germany (1917)
A single, poorly-performing prototype was all that was realized of the AEG Dr.I triplane fighter project during World War 1.
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
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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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (106mph).
Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
Graph showcases the AEG Dr.I's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.