|First flight||late 1916 |
|Primary users|| U.K. (RNAS)|
|Wingspan||10.9 m (35 ft 11 in) |
|Engine||90hp R.A.F.1a vee-eight or|
80hp Renault or
90hp Curtiss OX-5
|Armament||none or 45 kg (100 lb) of bombs|
|Max Speed||106 km/h (66 mph)  to 121 km/h (75 mph)|
|Climb||6,500 ft (2,000 m) in 29:00 |
|Ceiling||10,000 ft (3,000 m) |
|Range||310 km (195 mi) |
The design of the Airco D.H.6 was driven by one goal: creating a trainer that was easy to produce and maintain. Straight sided flying surfaces, interchangeable upper and lower wings and a flat top decking all were aimed at easy of construction. No one would call the result elegant or sleek. It did fulfill its aim of being a cheap and easily-produced trainer until replaced by the Avro 504K.
Later production models gave the wings ten inches of back-stagger and reduced the size of the rudder and elevators, which resulted in a slight improvement in speed.
Starting in late 1917, it also saw action in anti-U-boat patrols and thirty-four DH6 flights were formed. When a U-boat was spotted, a DH6 could do little to stop it, but the appearance of an aircraft overhead frequently forced the submarine to submerge, slowing its progress. Thirty-four flights operated the DH6 from coastal aerodromes including five manned by the US Navy.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.6.
Timeline [note 1]
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.
- Lamberton, p.60.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Angelucci, p.71.
- Owers'01, p.12.
- Bruce'69, p.190.
- Munson, p.29.
- Angelucci, p.79.
- Owers'01, p.11.
- Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
- Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
- 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. ISBN 9780900435027
- Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
- Colin Owers, Great War Aircraft in Profile 6: De Havilland Aircraft of World War I; Volume 2: D.H.5 - D.H.15. Boulder, Colorado: Flying Machines Press, 2001. ISBN 1-891268-18-X
- Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2