DFW B.I and B.II

The DFW B.I was developed by Heinrich Oelerich biplane, which was based on the construction of the Etrich Taube (Rumpler Taube) and was used in the German air force as a reconnaissance aircraft.



Development and construction:

In mid-1914, the designer Heinrich Oelerich developed the biplane MD 14 for German aircraft manufacturers. Previously, the company produced a replica of the Rumpler Taube, but with the material steel, so that the design was strongly based on this aircraft type.

Clearly visible were the bent back wings and the three-tiered braced wings, which gave the aircraft stable flight characteristics.

The aircraft were equipped with a Mercedes D.I 6 cylinder inline engine with 100hp, with the tank mounted on the upper wing.

The successor model, the B.II optically differed in no way from the B.I. It was only a slightly stronger Mercedes D.II engine installed.






Use in the First World War:

Together with the Aviatik B.I and the Albatros B.I presented the DFW B.I the first reconnaissance aircraft of the German Air Force at the beginning of the First World War there.

However, since all aircraft were unarmed at the beginning of the war and had no sufficient armor, they were used only until the year 1915/1916 and then withdrawn from the front.

The type B.II aircraft were still used as training aircraft until the end of the war.




Technical specifications:

Designation: DFW B.I and B.II
Country: German Empire
Typ: Reconnaissance plane
Length: 8,38 meters
Span: 14,1 meters
Height: 2,99 meters
Mass: 650kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engine Mercedes D.I 100PS

The B.II partly with Mercedes D.II 110PS

Maximum speed: 120 km/h
Reach: 600 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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