|First flight||late 1916 |
|Primary users|| U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|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||2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 29:00 |
|Ceiling||3,000 m (10,000 ft) |
|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.
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.
- Lamberton, p.60.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Bruce'69, p.190.
- Munson, p.29.
- Owers, p.11.
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- 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
- 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