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Aviatik D.VII

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype

Imperial Germany | 1918

"The Aviatik D.VII was an evolution of the preceding D.VI model but, once again, only a single prototype was constructed before the end of World War 1."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Aviatik D.VII Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype.
1 x Benz Bz.IIIbm geared engine developing 195 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
119 mph
192 kph | 104 kts
Max Speed
20,177 ft
6,150 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
447 miles
720 km | 389 nm
Operational Range
800 ft/min
244 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Aviatik D.VII Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype.
20.0 ft
6.10 m
O/A Length
31.7 ft
(9.65 m)
O/A Width
8.2 ft
(2.50 m)
O/A Height
1,642 lb
(745 kg)
Empty Weight
2,083 lb
(945 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Aviatik D.VII Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Prototype .
2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 Spandau machine guns over the nose synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
Notable series variants as part of the Aviatik D.VII family line.
D.VII - Base Series Designation; single prototype completed and flown before the end of the war.

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One of the last Aviatik-designed fighters to enjoy development before the end of World War 1, the D.VII served only as an experimental biplane fighter. Of single-seat, single-engine design, the D.VII was an offshoot of the earlier D.VI commitment and evolved by way of redesigned tail surfaces. A first-flight was recorded during October of 1918 but the end of the war in November meant the end to development of this machine.

As tested, the aircraft sported a length of 20 feet, a wingspan of 31.7 feet and a height of 8.1 feet. Empty weight was 1,642lb against an MTOW of 2,085 lb. Power was from a Benz Bz.IIIbm V8 geared liquid-cooled piston engine developing 200 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller at the nose (this was the same engine used in the D.VI). Proposed armament was 2 x 7.92mm LMG 08/15 'Spandau' machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.

When flown, the D.VII recorded a maximum speed of 119 miles per hour and could cruise in the 103 mph range. Rate-of-climb was 800 feet-per-minute.

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The D.VII's profile was consistent with biplane fighters of the period: an open-air cockpit set behind the upper wing assembly, a slab-sided fuselage and a fixed undercarriage wheeled at the two main members under the fuselage's mass. The upper and lower wing assemblies were joined via parallel struts which created two bays along the wing's length. The wing mainplanes were also of unequal span. The large, four-bladed wooden propeller at the nose was capped by a spinner which aided aerodynamics. The machine gun armament was set over the nose.

Like the D.VI before it, Aviatik designed the D.VII to compete in an upcoming D-type fly-off, this to come in October of 1918. Engine issues derailed the D.VI's attempt to compete in the earlier, second D-type fly-off. Regardless, neither design amounted to much, reaching only the prototype stage and nothing more.

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Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Automobil und Aviatik AG (Aviatik) - German Empire
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