Airco D.H.6

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Airco D.H.6
Role Trainer/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Airco
First flight late 1916 [1]
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
US Army Air Roundel.svg U.S.A. [1]
Wingspan 10.9 m (35 ft 11 in) [2]
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[2]
Crew 2
Max Speed 106 km/h (66 mph) [3][4] to 121 km/h (75 mph)[2]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 29:00 [3]
Ceiling 3,000 m (10,000 ft) [4]
Range 310 km (195 mi) [4]

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.[5] Thirty-four flights operated the DH6 from coastal aerodromes including five manned by the US Navy.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.6.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamberton, p.60.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bruce'69, p.190.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.29.
  5. Owers, p.11.
  • 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.
  • 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