Aviatik C.II

From Wings of Linen
Aviatik C.II
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight autumn 1916
Introduction late 1916
Primary user Germany
Number built 43[1] to 75[2]
Engine 200hp Benz Bz.IV
Armament 1-2 flexible front-seat Parabellum
Crew 2
Max Speed 155 km/h (96 mph)[3]

The Aviatik C.II improved on the Aviatik C.I by mounting the 200hp Benz Bz.IV engine, but it unfortunately retained the outdated design of placing the observer in the front seat, where his field of fire was very limited. The C.II was used primarily on the less-demanding Eastern Front.[2]

Timeline [note 1]


  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[4]
  1. Gray, p.280.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Herris, p.75.
  3. Harris'14, p.5.
  4. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • 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.
  • Jack Herris. Aviatik Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-22-3