Aviatik C.I

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Aviatik C.I
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Aviatik
Introduction mid 1915 [1]
Primary users Germany
Ottoman Empire
Number built 548 [2]
Wingspan 12.5 m (41 ft) [3][4]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament 1-2 rail-mounted under-wing Parabellum
Crew 2
Max Speed 120 km/h (75 mph)[5][6][3] or
142 km/h (88 mph) [7][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 12:00[7] or 5:00[5][6]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 16:00[5][6] to 21:00[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 33:00[5][6]
Ceiling 3,500 m (11,500 ft)[7][4] to 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[3]
Range 450 km (280 mi)[3]
Endurance 3:00 [7][6][4]

When it became obvious that it was necessary to arm two-seaters for their own protection, most firms chose to change the traditional seating arrangement with the pilot in the front and the observer under the wing, but the Aviatik C.I retained the original layout. The observer sat under the wing with a Parabellum machine gun that could be moved to a rail on either side of the cockpit, but the field of fire of that gun must have been very restricted (along with the observer's sight lines). Experience would prove the observer-rear arrangement was superior, but these were the days of experimentation and improvisation.

Despite its limitations, the Aviatik C.I served in large numbers through 1916 until gradually replaced with more modern types in autumn 1916 through the first half of 1917. It was a blocky workhorse of a machine, but it was robust and gave good service until replaced by better types. Aviatik cleaned up its lines in the C.II and C.III, but it continued with the arrangement with the observer in front with one or two machine guns on rails, to its determent. As a result Aviatik spent the latter half of the war mostly producing license-built D.F.W. C.V's.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Aviatik C.I.

Timeline [note 1]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
15Q2-17Q2[9] Y B* [note 2] 12 10 8

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  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[8]
  2. With restricted forward firing arcs.
  1. Herris, p.22.
  2. Herris, p.6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.81.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Grosz'97, p.32.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Harris'14, p.5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Gray, p.63.
  8. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  9. Frontbestand
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 63: Aviatik C.I. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1997. ISBN 0-948414-95-2
  • Jack Herris. Aviatik Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-22-3
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027