Airco D.H.9

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Airco D.H.9
Airco D.H.9.jpg
Role Bomber/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Airco
First flight Jul 1917[1]
Introduction Apr 1918 [2]
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Roundel of Belgium.svg Belgium[2]
US Army Air Roundel.svg U.S.A.[2]
Number built 3890
Variants Airco D.H.9A
Wingspan 12.9 m (42 ft 5 in) [3]
Engine 230hp Siddeley Puma
Armament sync. fixed Vickers and
1-2 rear flexible Lewis MG
210 kg (460 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 180 km/h (112 mph) [4][5]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 11:00
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 20:05
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 45:00 [4][5]
Service Ceiling 4,700 m (15,500 ft)[4][5][3]
Absolute Ceiling 5,300 m (17,500 ft)[4]
Endurance 4:30 [4]

The Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Airco) D.H.9 was intended as a replacement for the successful D.H.4, but it was limited by a bad engine: the 230hp Siddeley Puma, which was based on the B.H.P. Galloway Adriadic. The engine left the D.H.9 with less horsepower than its predecessor and left it with a poor climb rate and shedding speed and altitude in maneuver. Even with its serious limitations, 3,890 DH9s were produced and it served with about 30 squadrons on the western front starting in February 1918. The true character of the DH9 was not revealed until it was re-engined with the 400hp Liberty V12 in the form of the DH9A.

The D.H.9 was used in Palestine, Macedonia, the Aegean and Mediterranean as well as the Western Front with the RAF, Belgium, and the US Naval Northern Bombing Group.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.9.


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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
17Q4-18Q4 H B/A or B/B 16 11 3

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  1. Owers, p.17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, p.38.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Bruce'69, p.198.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Bruce'98, p.41.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 72: Airco DH9. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1998. ISBN 1-902207-05-X
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • 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