The AEG C.III was a further development of the C.II and was intended to give the pilot a better view and the observer a better field of fire backwards and forwards. Despite these characteristics, the aircraft did not get beyond the status of the prototype.
Development and construction:
Usually the upper wing of biplanes was over the heads of the pilot and the observer. In the case of the AEG C.III, however, the upper wing was lowered and closed with the end of the fuselage so that a free field of view was created at the top.
This change in design was intended to give the pilot a much better field of view, and the observer who operated the machine gun should have a much better field of fire, and this attack could now be fended off from above.
Technically, this was a sensible solution, but this plane did not go beyond the status of the prototype and continued to be produced.
In the successor of the C.IV the upper wing was again mounted as usual over the heads of the crew.
|Typ:||Armed reconnaissance aircraft
|Mass:||1.200kg with full charge|
|Engine:||Water-cooled, 6-cylinder in-line engine Benz Bz III with 150PS|
|Maximum speed:||158 km/h|
|Armament:||one 7.92 mm Parabellum machine gun, 40 kg bombs|
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