Airco D.H.1A

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Airco D.H.1A
Airco DH.1A01.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Airco
Designer Geoffrey de Havilland
Introduction July 1916 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 73 [note 1]
Developed from Airco D.H.1
Wingspan 12.5 m (41 ft) [3]
Engine 120hp Beardmore
Armament forward-firing Lewis on pillar mount
Crew 2
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph) [4][5][6]
Climb 1,100 m (3,500 ft) in 6:27
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 14:45[3]
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 16:20
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 27:30 [4]
Ceiling 4,100 m (13,500 ft) [4][5][3]
Endurance ~2:30 [5]

While Airco was unable to procure Beardmore engines for the original Airco D.H.1, supplies eventually opened up and the Airco D.H.1A was the result. They were used for training and Home Defense, but six were also sent to the Middle East for active service. [2] They served with No.14 Squadron starting in July 1916 where they were used to escort B.E.s.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.1.

References

Notes
  1. Combined DH.1 and DH.1A total.[2][1]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamberton, p.60.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce, p.157.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bruce'69, p.160.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.18.
  6. Lamberton, pp.212-213.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607