Fokker B.II

Fokker B.II
Fokker B.II

The Fokker B.II designation was shared by two different unarmed German observation aircraft of World War I. One was developed from the same M.17 prototype that had been developed into the Fokker D.II fighter, and the other from the M.10. Both machines had a crew of two and resembled the B.I.

Fokker B.II
  • Type: Reconnaissance aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Albatros Flugzeugwerke
  • Designed by: Martin Kreutzer
  • Entered Service: 1916
  • Primary User: Luftstreitkräfte
  • Powerplant: 1× Oberursel U.0, air cooled 9 cylinder in-line, rotary engine, 80 hp (60 kW)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 7 in (9.94 m)
  • Wing Area: 297 ft² (27.6 m²)
  • Length: 24 ft 7 in (7.49 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 2 in (2.5 m)
  • Maximum Speed: 56 mph (90 km/h)
  • Crew: Two, pilot and observer

References

  1. From Wikipedia Fokker B.II, "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_B.II_(1916)"
  2. "World Aircraft Information Files". London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 894 Sheet 40.

Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)

Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)
Hansa-Brandenburg D.I

The Hansa Brandenburg D-I was a German fighter aircraft of World War I. It was built for Austria-Hungary, some aircraft serving to the end of the war. The D-I was a single seat, single engined biplane, of wooden construction, with plywood fuselage skinning and fabric wing skins. The wings featured an unusual “Star-Strutter” arrangement of interplane struts, where four Vee struts joined in the center of the wing bay to result in a complicated "star" arrangement. The interplane struts themselves were fabricated from steel tubes.

The Hansa Brandenburg D-I was a very unusual looking aircraft, it had a deep fuselage, which combined with the wing configuration and large engine compartment gave a poor forward view for the pilot and tended to blanket the undersized rudder, giving poor lateral stability and making recovery from spins extremely difficult.

Hansa-Brandenburg D.I
  • Type: Fighter
  • National Origin: Austria-Hungary
  • Manufacturer:
    • Hansa-Brandenburg
    • Phonix Flugzeug-Werke AG
    • Ungarische Flugzeugfabrik
  • Entered Service: Autumn 1916
  • Primary User: KuKLFT
  • Number Built:122
  • Powerplant: 1× Austro-Daimler 6-cylinder water cooled in-line, 185 hp (138 kW)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 10 2/3 in (8.50 m)
  • Length: 20 ft 10 in (6.35 m)
  • Height: 9.15ft (2.79m)
  • Empty Weight: 1,481 lb (672 kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 2,028 lb (920 kg)
  • Maximum Speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
  • Max Range: 162 miles (260km)
  • Rate of Climb: 1,000ft/min (305m/min)
  • Service Ceiling: 16,400 ft (5,000 m)
  • Endurance: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Crew: 1
  • Armament: 1× 0.315 in (8 mm) Schwarzlose machine gun

References

  1. Hansa-Brandenburg D.I. (2009, December 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:06, July 2, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hansa-Brandenburg_D.I&oldid=332619883
  2. Angelucci, Enzo (ed.). "World Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft. London: Jane's, 1981, p. 43, p.54. ISBN 0 7106 0148 4.
  3. Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. "German Aircraft of the First World War". London: Putnam, 1962, p.64.
  4. Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon. The Complete Book of Fighters". New York: Smithmark, 1994, p.83. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.
  5. Hooton, E.R. Phoenix Triumphant: "The Rise and Rise of the Luftwaffe". London: Arms & Armour Press, 1994, p.25-26. ISBN 1 85409 181 6.
  6. Williams, Anthony G. and Gustin, Emmanuel. "Flying Guns World War I". Ramsbury, Wiltshire: Airlife, 2003, p.62. ISBN 1 84037 396 2.