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Airco D.H.5
Airco D.H.5 01.jpg
Role Ground Attack/Fighter
Manufacturer Airco
Designer Geoffrey De Havilland[1]
First flight late 1916[1]
Introduction 1 May 1917 [2][3]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built [note 1]
Wingspan 7.82 m (25 ft 8 in) [5][6][4]
Propeller Diam. 2.60 m (8 ft 6.5 in)[4]
Engine 110hp Le Rhône 9J or
110hp Clerget 9Z or
110hp Gnome rotary
Armament fixed, sync. Vickers
4×11 kg (25 lb) Cooper bombs on rack under fuselage
Ammo 750 rounds[7]
Crew 1
Max Speed 164 km/h (102 mph)[4]-180 km/h (110 mph) [8]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 6:55[4][8][5]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 12:25[4][8][5]
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 27:30[4]
Service Ceiling 4,400 m (14,300 ft)[9]
Ceiling 4,900 m (16,000 ft) [8][10][5][4]
Endurance 2:45 [8][10][4]

The Airco D.H.5 was an attempt to retain the outstanding forward visibility of pushers like the DH2 and FE.2b in a tractor biplane. It had severely negatively-staggered wings and -- while it accomplished its goal -- it left the pilot blind in the vital rear quarter.

It proved difficult to fly for new pilots, but once mastered it was aerobatic below 3,000 m (10,000 ft). It was also strong, capable of withstanding high wing loading, and the fuselage was equally sturdy.[11] Put all these factors together and you get a poor fighter aircraft but a good ground-attack aircraft, and it performed well in that role at Ypres and Cambrai, albeit with high losses due to its lack of armor for such dangerous work.

Eventually both RFC (№24 and №32) and Australian (№41, 64, and 68[note 2]) squadrons replaced their DH5s with SE.5a's.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.5.

Timeline [note 3]

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
17Q2-17Q4 I B 15 11 3
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Notes
  1. 550 were ordered, but it is uncertain how many were completed.[4]
  2. №68 arrived in France on 21 Sep 1917 and had its first engagement on 2 Oct.[12]
  3. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[13]
  4. Updated card
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce'67, p.3.
  2. Owers'01, p.1.
  3. Angelucci, p.56.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Bruce'67, p.12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  6. Owers'01, p.5.
  7. Kelly, p.229.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Bruce'69, p.186.
  9. Bruce'67, p.4.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Munson, p.68.
  11. Bruce'67, p.5.
  12. Owers'01, p.2.
  13. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
Bibliography
  • 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
  • J.M. Bruce, Profile Publications 181: The De Havilland D.H.5. Great Britain: Profile Publications, Ltd., 1965.
  • Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • 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