Airco D.H.1

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Airco D.H.1
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Airco
Designer Geoffrey de Havilland
First flight Jan 1915 [1][2]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 73 [note 1][note 2]
Variants Airco D.H.1A
Wingspan 12.5 m (41 ft) [4]
Engine 70hp Renault
Armament forward-firing Lewis on pillar mount
Crew 2
Max Speed 130 km/h (80 mph) [5][4]
Climb 3,500 ft (1,100 m) in 11:15 [5][4]

The lack of an interrupter made the pusher a natural solution for an armed fighting aeroplane. It was originally designed for a 120hp Beardmore engine, but shortages pushed the DH.1 to use a 70hp Renault instead, and the plane with the original engine was designated the Airco D.H.1A. The DH.1 was probably not shipped to France, but it was used for Home Defense and training. [1]

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


  1. Combined DH.1 and DH.1A total.[1][3]
  2. Though 100 were ordered, not all were delivered, and most of them were of the DH.1A variety[2]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce'69, p.157.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce'66, p.3.
  3. Lamberton, p.60.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bruce'69, p.160.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Profile Publications 91: The de Havilland D.H.2. Great Britain, Profile Publications, 1966.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027