Aviatik B.I

The Aviatik B.I was the first military aircraft, which was built by the Automobile and Aviation AG in Mulhouse (Alsace) for the German Air Force and served as reconnaissance aircraft in the First World War.

 

 

Development and construction:

The company Automobile and Aviatik AG made from the year 1910 aircraft. First, under license, the French models Hanriot and Farman were rebuilt until the company produced their first own models.

The Aviatik B.I was a replica of the French biplane P.14 and was produced from 1914. The designation B.I was used at the outbreak of the war, when the German Air Force began to use these aircraft as reconnaissance aircraft.

Under license, this aircraft was also used in Austria-Hungary for the k.u.k. Air Force built.

 

Aviatik B.I

 

An Aviatik B.I on the way to the front

 

Lieutenant Colonel Oskar Asboth in front of an Aviatik type B.I reconnaissance aircraft

Lieutenant Colonel Oskar Asboth in front of an Aviatik type B.I reconnaissance aircraft

 

 

 

Use in the First World War:

With the outbreak of the First World War, Aviatik B.I aircraft were used as reconnaissance aircraft from the beginning.

In 1915, the successor B.II was brought to the front and gradually replaced the model B.I until 1916, as they were unarmed and had only insufficient armor.

By the end of the war, however, these aircraft were still used for the training and training of pilots.

 

 

 

Technical specifications:

Designation: Aviatik B.I
Country: German Empire
Typ: Reconnaissance plane
Length: 7,93 meters
Span: 14 meters
Height: 3,05 meters
Mass: 668kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Mercedes D.I, 105 PS
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Reach: 800 kilometers
Armament: none

 

 

 

 

 

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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