The AEG B.II was the successor of the B.I and should replace it as an unarmed reconnaissance aircraft. However, as the design did not solve the major drawbacks of the previous model, few of this type of aircraft were built.



Development and construction:

The development of the B.II originated from the B.I, whereby the new airplane should meet the military requirements rather than the predecessor model.

The most striking changes were in construction, so the B.II became a two-piece biplane, while the B.I was a three-piece.

In addition, a Mercedes D.II series engine with 120hp was installed, which was slightly more powerful than the Mercedes D.I 100PS engines of the B.I.

However, the two biggest drawbacks have not changed. So the engine was still quite high due to the design and blocked the field of view of the pilot. The coolers were still installed so that the aerodynamics was disturbed. For this reason, only a few aircraft of this type were built.






Use in the First World War:

The aircraft replaced the already used in the war B.I aircraft as reconnaissance aircraft. Due to the disadvantages of the construction, the low speed, armor and the number of pieces this type was quickly replaced by the AEG B.III.




Technical specifications:

Designation: AEG B.II
Country: German Empire
Typ: Reconnaissance plane
Length: 10,5 meters
Span: 14,5 meters
Height: 3,1 meters
Mass: 650kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engine Mercedes D II with 120PS
Maximum speed: 110 km/h
Reach: unknown
Armament: none






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Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces)

Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2001

Undoubtedly the most famous fighter type to see service on either side during World War 1, the Fokker Dr I was a revelation when it entered service on the western front in 1917. Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1 ‘circus’ was the first Jasta to completely re-equip with the new fighter, and in the skilled hands of its numerous aces the Dr I proved a formidable opponent. The Dr I remained in service on the Western Front until replaced by the superior Fokker D VII in May 1918. Just weeks prior to that, however, Germany’s leading ace, the great ‘Red Baron’, had been killed at the controls of a Dr I.

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Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21)

Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21) Paperback – February 16, 2016

This book describes and illustrates the development of Friedrichshafen aircraft of WWI with text, 540 photos, 18 in color, 37 color profiles, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. In addition, there are 26 official SVK drawings and 11 aircraft are illustrated in scale drawings to 1/48 (4) or 1/72 (7) scales. The book has 312 pages and is of interest to aviation historians, enthusiasts, and modelers alike.

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German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918

German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918 Paperback – December 15, 2010

Much has been written about the British aircraft of the First World War, but little has surfaced about the aircraft of the Axis powers, Germany and Austria. Here, Terry C. Treadwell tells the story of the aircraft from companies such as Fokker, builder of the famous triplane, as fl own by Baron von Richthofen's Flying Circus, AEG, Albatros, Junkers and Hansa. From reconnaissance aircraft to state-of-the-art bombers that could reach London, this is the definitive guide to aircraft of the Axis powers during the First World War. The aircraft are explained in detail and a history of each company is provided, making this an excellent source book for aircraft enthusiasts, model makers and those interested in the air war over the trenches of France and Belgium, as well as further afield in the Italian campaign.

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The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division

The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division Hardcover – January 9, 1997

The standard reference now revised and expanded. Dr. Robinson has opened up his vast photo archives to enhance this new edition of his classic work. Much of the new photographic material is published here for the first time.

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