The AEG C.II was an improved version of the AEG C.I and met the requirements of the German military leadership for a more agile reconnaissance aircraft to respond to the new situation on the fronts.


Development and construction:

The first type C reconnaissance aircraft were B-type aircraft equipped with a machine gun and with only minor technical changes. However, this was not enough for the German military leadership and new demands were placed on the designers, who should especially increase the agility of sluggish aircraft in order to defend themselves against enemy fighter planes.

On the basis of these specifications, the AEG company developed from the experience of AEG C.I the C.II. This was a bit smaller in size and the cockpit and the attachment of the machine gun were changed. In addition, the weight could be reduced by 5%, which increased the maneuverability compared to the previous model.

In order to be able to attack ground targets during the missions, brackets were also attached to this type of aircraft, which made it possible to take 4 x 10 kg bombs.






Use in the First World War:

From the year 1915, the type C.II aircraft gradually replaced the C.I.I. type aircraft on the fronts, as they were better designed for the tasks assigned. Until the year 1916 and partly also in 1917, the AEG C.II aircraft flew until they were gradually replaced by new types.




Technical specifications:

Designation: AEG C.II
Country: German Empire
Typ: Armed reconnaissance aircraft
Length: 7,09 meters
Span: 11,95 meters
Height: 3,1 meters
Mass: 680kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: one Benz Bz III with 112 kW (150 PS)
Maximum speed: 138 km/h
Reach: unknown
Armament: 1 x 7,92 mm Parabellum machine gun and 4 x 10Kg bombs






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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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