Aviatik C.III

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Aviatik C.III
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight Apr 1916
Introduction mid 1916
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 49 [1][note 1]
Developed from Aviatik C.I
Wingspan 11.8 m (38 ft 8 in) [2]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament forward gunner between wings with 1-2 Parabellum flexible machine guns
Crew 2
Max Speed 155 km/h (96 mph)[3] to
160 km/h (99 mph)[4][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:30[3]-7:00[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 16:00[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 25:00[2]-31:00[3]
Ceiling 4,500 m (14,800 ft)[4][3]-4,600 m (15,000 ft)[2]
Range 480 km (300 mi)[3]
Endurance 3:00 [4]

The Aviatik C.III was an attempt to clean up the aerodynamic profile of the Aviatik C.I, but it retained the same engine. Aside from an 18 km/h (11 mph) increase in speed, it was little improved and it retained the same crippling design of stranding the observer/gunner under the front wing. (Although in later machines two Parabellums were carried, eliminating the need to move the gun from one rail to the other.) Twenty-four Aviatik C.Ia orders were converted to C.IIIs, followed by a order for twenty-five additional in July 1916. Later, in 1917, a further two hundred were built as trainers.[1] They were used in small numbers at the front from mid 1916 until summer of 1917.

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Notes
  1. A further 200 were used as trainers in 1917-1918.
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Herris'14, p.44.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harris'14, p.5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.63.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • 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
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.