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Aviatik B.I


Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft


Imperial Germany | 1914



"The Aviatik B.I biplane aircraft became a capable reconnaissance platform serving with the German Empire up until early 1916."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Aviatik B.I Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft.
1 x Mercedes 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 100 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Propulsion
62 mph
100 kph | 54 kts
Max Speed
16,404 ft
5,000 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
249 miles
400 km | 216 nm
Operational Range
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Aviatik B.I Reconnaissance Biplane Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
26.1 ft
7.97 m
O/A Length
45.8 ft
(13.97 m)
O/A Width
10.8 ft
(3.30 m)
O/A Height
1,874 lb
(850 kg)
Empty Weight
2,399 lb
(1,088 kg)
MTOW
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Aviatik B.I family line.
B.I - Base Production Model Designation.
B.II - Improved B.I version fitted with more powerful Mercedes powerplant; 1 x 7.7mm machine gun.


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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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Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Aviatik B.I. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1,200 Units

Contractor(s): Automobil und Aviatikwerke - Germany
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