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Aviatik B.I

Imperial Germany (1914)
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The Aviatik B.I biplane aircraft became a capable reconnaissance platform serving with the German Empire up until early 1916.


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 Nonetheless, the Aviatik B.I served well for its tenure during the war and was eventually superceded by the B.II series, which sported an improved and more powerful Mercedes-brand engine.

Any available statistics for the Aviatik B.I Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft 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).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (62mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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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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Origin: Imperial Germany
Year: 1914
Type: Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Automobil und Aviatikwerke - Germany
Production: 1,200
Global Operators:
Austria-Hungary; Imperial Germany; Kingdom of Italy; Paraguay; Turkey
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aviatik B.I model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
26.15 ft


Meters
7.97 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
45.83 ft


Meters
13.97 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.83 ft


Meters
3.3 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,874 lb


Kilograms
850 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,399 lb


Kilograms
1,088 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Mercedes 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 100 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
62 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
100 kph


Knots
54 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
249 mi


Kilometers
400 km


Nautical Miles
216 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
16,404 ft


Meters
5,000 m


Miles
3.11 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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.