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Aviatik B.I

Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft

Aviatik B.I

Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



The Aviatik B.I biplane aircraft became a capable reconnaissance platform serving with the German Empire up until early 1916.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1914
MANUFACTURER(S): Automobil und Aviatikwerke - Germany
PRODUCTION: 1,200
OPERATORS: Austria-Hungary; Imperial Germany; Kingdom of Italy; Paraguay; Turkey
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aviatik B.I model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 26.15 feet (7.97 meters)
WIDTH: 45.83 feet (13.97 meters)
HEIGHT: 10.83 feet (3.3 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,874 pounds (850 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,399 pounds (1,088 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Mercedes 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 100 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 62 miles-per-hour (100 kilometers-per-hour; 54 knots)
RANGE: 249 miles (400 kilometers; 216 nautical miles)
CEILING: 16,404 feet (5,000 meters; 3.11 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• B.I - Base Production Model Designation
• B.II - Improved B.I version fitted with more powerful Mercedes powerplant; 1 x 7.7mm machine gun.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Aviatik B.I Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 7/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Aviatik B.I series handled reconnaissance duties for Germany in the early years of the war, serving up to about early 1916 before being replaced by more improved contemporaries. The system was sufficient in the role and was a product of the Automobil und Aviatikwerke company, which handled production out of facilities based in Austria and Leipzig.

The design of the B.I was basic for the time, of a biplane nature and utilizing a crew of two to handle piloting and observation duty. The crew sat in tandem, though the observer was kept in the front portion of the fuselage with the pilot behind him. In theory, this would have afforded the observer a pretty good view of the front forward facing though it would handicap the pilot by being seated further back than was the norm (the engine was fitted before both seats, pushing the pilot's overall perspective rearwards even more).

The B.I was conceived of from an original racing biplane design appearing in 1913. This was a pivotal undertaking for the Automobil und Aviatikwerke bureau as their previous designs were nothing more than copied French designs, a bit of flattery sent in the "enemies" direction one might think. Nonetheless, the Aviatik B.I served well for its tenure during the war and was eventually superceded by the B.II series, which sported an improved and more powerful Mercedes-brand engine.




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Hi: 100mph
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    This entry's maximum listed speed (62mph).

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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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