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Aviatik D.VI

Imperial Germany (1918)
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The Aviatik D.VI appeared for the German Empire in the last year of World War 1 but engine issues forced the prototype to miss official military competitions.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Aviatik D.VI Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype.  Entry last updated on 4/23/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Aviatik of the German Empire built a solid resume for itself after being established in 1909 in Mulhausen (as Automobil und Aviatik AG). In time, the concern became a well-recognized German aircraft-maker whose designs helped to stock the German Air Service during World War 1. Designs ranged from various reconnaissance and fighter types to experimental and development-minded models. During the war's final year (1918), the company was hard at work on several prototype fighter projects that included the D.VI.

The D.VI was outfitted with the Benz Bz.IIIbm model series engine of 195 horsepower and was, by and large, an evolutionary offshoot of earlier Aviatik fighter types. The aircraft went airborne for the first time in August of 1918. Its overall construction was of wood with fabric covering. The engine was fitted at front in the usual way and the single-seat, open-air cockpit was situated aft and under the upper wing assembly. The wing members were joined by parallel struts. The undercarriage was fixed in flight and wheeled at only the two main legs. Proposed armament was consistent with other fighters of the war - 2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.

As flown, the D.IV had an estimated maximum speed of 117 miles per hour and could reach 16,405 feet in under 18 minutes. The design was known to have very good flight characteristics.

However, all this was moot for the Benz engine provided trouble for the development team which, in turn, nixed the aircraft's involvement in the second D-type fighter program of June 1918. Before long, the D.IV was abandoned by Aviatik in favor of the D.VII - though only one prototype of this biplane was built as well.

Any available statistics for the Aviatik D.VI Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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 (117mph).

    Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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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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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1918
Classification Type: Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Automobil und Aviatik AG (Aviatik) - German Empire
Production Units: 1
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany (cancelled)
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aviatik D.VI model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
20.01 ft


Meters
6.1 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
31.66 ft


Meters
9.65 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
8.20 ft


Meters
2.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,653 lb


Kilograms
750 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,094 lb


Kilograms
950 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Benz Bz.IIIbm geared engine developing 195 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
117 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
188 kph


Knots
102 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
447 mi


Kilometers
720 km


Nautical Miles
389 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
20,177 ft


Meters
6,150 m


Miles
3.82 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
910 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
277 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• D.VI - Base Series Designation