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AEG PE (Panzer Einsitzer)

Ground Attack Triplane Prototype Aircraft

AEG PE (Panzer Einsitzer)

Ground Attack Triplane Prototype Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



One flyable prototype was completed of the ultimately-abandoned AEG PE attacker - performance against enemy fighters providing the death knell.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1918
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 PE (Panzer Einsitzer) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 21.65 feet (6.6 meters)
WIDTH: 36.75 feet (11.2 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 2,606 pounds (1,182 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 3,120 pounds (1,415 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Benz Bz.IIIb V8 water-cooled inline piston engine developing 192 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 103 miles-per-hour (166 kilometers-per-hour; 90 knots)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 565 feet-per-minute (172 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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

OPTIONAL:
4 x Conventional drop bombs.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• PE ("Panzer Einsitzer") - Base Series Designation; single prototype constructed in 1918.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the AEG PE (Panzer Einsitzer) Ground Attack Triplane Prototype Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Like fighter and bomber aircraft in The Great War, the dedicated ground-attack aircraft came into its own during the conflict. There were few notable mounts designed specifically for the role and one hopeful became an offering put forth by the German concern of AEG (Allgemeine Elektricitats-Gesellschaft AG) through its AEG PE ("Panzer Einsitzer"). A unique quality of the aircraft was its triple wing arrangement - better known as a "triplane" - when most other contemporary ground attackers utilized biplane wing arrangements.

The aircraft took on a conventional form and seated its pilot in an open-air cockpit under and aft of the upper wing assembly. The mid-wing assembly was affixed at shoulder-height along the sides of the fuselage and the lower wing members were set at the bottom of the fuselage sides. The undercarriage was wheeled at its two main legs and fixed in flight, a skid bringing up the tail when ground running. The tail unit was conventional for the period and used a single vertical fin with low-set horizontal planes. Armament was 2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns set over the nose and synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades. Additionally 4 x small diameter drop bombs could be carried. Construction of the aircraft included light-alloy skinning along the fuselage and fabric skinning along the wing members. Armoring was used at the more vital components of the aircraft due to the low-flying nature involved in the ground-attack role.

Performance from the Benz Bz.IIIb V8 liquid-cooled piston engine of 192 horsepower included a maximum speed of 103 miles per hour and a rate-of-climb of 565 feet per minute.

A first-flight was recorded during March 1918.

While the third wing made for good controlling and inherent stability, it was found to add too much drag and therefore reduce performance needed for fighter-versus-fighter dueling. This helped to end the PE project in full and only one flyable prototype was ever completed. The AEG DJ.I was a ground-attack offshoot of the project that only made it to evaluations before the end of the war in November of 1918.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (103mph).

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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.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue