The AEG C.I was the first armed aircraft model of the Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft in 1915, and with the advent of the first fighter aircraft, it was intended to enable the Enlightenment forces to defend themselves against attacks.


Development and construction:

The Type B Series reconnaissance aircraft were unarmed and lightly armored aircraft with a focus on speed and range rather than defense. With the appearance of the first fighters, both the pilots and the military leadership realized that the used reconnaissance aircraft were too vulnerable to attacks.

For this reason, work began on the development of armed reconnaissance aircraft as early as the end of 1914. The company AEG made use of the experience and construction of B.II aircraft. In these only a stronger engine was installed and mounted for the observer on a wreath a machine gun. This should make it possible to fight enemy fighters themselves. In addition, the observer was now transferred to the rear seat and the pilot was placed on the front seat.








Use in the First World War:

From 1915, the first type C aircraft were used on the western front. By arming the aircraft, the reconnaissance aircraft should be allowed to perform their duties while still defending themselves against enemy hunters.

Since almost all aircraft of the first C series were based on constructions of the B series and these corresponded to the requirements of the military only to a small extent, were planned already at delivery of the aircraft to successor models.

With the introduction of more armored aircraft, which also had a higher maneuver incapacitated, the first aircraft of the C series were gradually withdrawn from the front.




Technical specifications:

Designation: AEG C.I
Country: German Empire
Typ: Armed reconnaissance aircraft
Length: 7,8 meters
Span: 13,07 meters
Height: 3,1 meters
Mass: 710kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Benz Bz III or Mercedes D III, 150PS
Maximum speed: 130 km/h
Reach: unknown
Armament: 1 x 7,92 mm Parabellum machine gun or Bergmann machine gun 15nA






You can find the right literature here:


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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