Airco D.H.2

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Airco D.H.2
Airco D.H.2 ExCC.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Airco
Designer Geoffrey De Havilland
First flight 1 Jun 1915
Introduction Trial: 25 Jun 1915[1]
Service: Jan/Feb 1916
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 301+100
Wingspan 8.61 m (28 ft 3 in)[2]
Engine 100hp Gnome Monosoupape rotary
or 110hp Le Rhône rotary[2]
Armament front Lewis on semi-flexible mount
Crew 1
Max Speed see chart
Climb see chart
Ceiling see chart
Endurance see chart

Geoffrey De Havilland's D.H.2 pusher was instrumental in turning the tide of the "Fokker Scourge" in 1916. It wasn't the Eindecker's good qualities that led to German dominance, it was the first use of aerial combat tactics and the lack of an effective counter. When the D.H.2 appeared on the scene in early 1916, the Entente finally had a fighter that could hold its own and -- along with planes like the Nieuport 11 -- could easily outfly a Fokker monoplane.

301 D.H.2s were delivered to frontline units and another 100 were built as trainers. They served on the Western Front until the late months of 1916, and they served even longer in Palestine, Macedonia, and on Home Defense.

EngineSpeedClimbCeilingEndurance
100hp Gnome Monosoupape rotary 150 km/h (93 mph) [3][4][2] 610 m (2,000 ft) in 2:30[2]
910 m (3,000 ft) in 4:30[3]
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 8:25[2]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 12:00[3]
2,700 m (9,000 ft) in 8:25[2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 24:45[3]
4,300 m (14,000 ft)[3][2]
to 4,400 m (14,500 ft)[4]
2:45 [3][4]
110hp Le Rhône rotary 148 km/h (92 mph)[2] 910 m (3,000 ft) in 4:35[2]
1,800 m (6,000 ft) in 12:00[2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 31:00[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.2.

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Official Stats
Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
P B 13 10 6
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Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Updated card
Citations
  1. Gray, p.1.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Bruce'69, p.163.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.19.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • B.J. Gray, Windsock Datafile 48: Airco DH2. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 1994. ISBN 0-948414-63-4
  • W.M.Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607