D.F.W. C.I

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D.F.W. C.I
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer D.F.W.
Introduction 1915
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ~130 [1][2]
Developed from D.F.W. B.I
Wingspan 14.0 m (45 ft 10 in) [3]
Engine 150hp Benz Bz.III
Crew 2
Max Speed 140 km/h (87 mph)[4]
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[4][3]

Like most B-class aircraft, the D.F.W. B.I positioned the observer in the front seat. When D.F.W. converted the plane in the the armed D.F.W. C.I, they chose a compromise solution, leaving the observer in front but having him stand up to operate a flexible Parabellum mounted in a cut-out over the top wing. The C.I served on both Eastern and Western fronts in small numbers. [1]

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



  1. 1.0 1.1 Munson, p.106.
  2. Lamberton, p.130.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gray, p.319.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711