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AEG DJ.I

Armored Single-Seat Ground Attack Biplane Prototype

AEG DJ.I

Armored Single-Seat Ground Attack Biplane Prototype

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The sole AEG DJ.I biplane prototype was under evaluation by the time World War 1 ended in November of 1918.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1918
STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Allgemeine Elektricitats-Gesellschaft AG (AEG) - German Empire
PRODUCTION: 3
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AEG DJ.I model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 21.98 feet (6.7 meters)
WIDTH: 32.81 feet (10 meters)
HEIGHT: 9.84 feet (3 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 2,612 pounds (1,185 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 3,020 pounds (1,370 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Benz Bz.IIIb V8 water-cooled inline piston engine developing 194 horsepower OR 1 x Maybach Mb IVa engine of 240 horsepower driving a four-bladed propeller at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 112 miles-per-hour (180 kilometers-per-hour; 97 knots)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 820 feet-per-minute (250 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



PROPOSED:
2 x 7.92mm KMG 08/15 Spandau machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.

OPTIONAL:
4 x Anti-Personnel Drop Bombs
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• DJ.I - Base Series Designation; three prototypes completed.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the AEG DJ.I Armored Single-Seat Ground Attack Biplane Prototype.  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Allgemeine Elektricitats-Gesellschaft AG (AEG) of the German Empire attempted an earlier aircraft design for the armored ground attack role as the AEG "PE" ("Panzer-Einsitzer"). While that triplane was shown to possess poor one-on-one fighter capabilities and was ultimately abandoned during development, the company persisted with the idea of an armored attacker. In September of 1918, it unveiled the DJ.I through a first-flight.

The DJ.I continued some of the form and function established by the PE but attempted to resolve issues by relying on a simplified biplane wing arrangement. The upper and lower members were joined by thick single "I-style" struts and cabling was minimized. Dural construction made up the wing's internal structure and fabric skinning covered them. Because of the low-altitude operation expected of such attacking types (and thus the inherent dangers from ground-based fire), the aircraft was finished with armoring (sheet aluminum skinning) protecting vital components: pilot, fuel stores, and engine.

The first of three prototypes carried the Benz Bz.IIIb engine of 195 horsepower while the third was issued the Maybach Mb IVa engine of 240 horsepower. In either case the engine was installed at the nose in the traditional fashion used to drive a four-bladed propeller. The pilot sat in an open-air cockpit just aft of the upper wing assembly with a commanding view over the aircraft.

Like many other mid-to-late-war biplane fighter types, the DJ.I was outfitted with a machine gun pairing synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades. This was made up of 2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 Spandau air-cooled machine gun weapons. The aircraft was designed to carry a modest bomb load (primarily anti-personnel in nature). In this way, the aircraft could strafe targets with machine gun fire and drop conventional ordnance on infantry positions. Additionally, the machine gun pairing could be turned against any aerial attacker attempting to down the DJ.I itself.

Performance included a maximum speed of 112 miles per hour and a rate-of-climb of 820 feet per minute.

Despite the progress made on this AEG attacker, the war had ended while the design was still under active evaluation so its potential was never realized. With the end of the conflict in November 1918 came the end of development on the DJ.I.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (112mph).

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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
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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
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