|Designer||Franz Schneider |
|Wingspan||12.85 m (42 ft 2 in) |
|Engine||150hp Benz Bz.III inline or|
160hp Mercedes D.III inline
|Armament||rear, flexible MG and|
(later) fixed, sync. LMG08/15
|Max Speed||130 km/h (81 mph)|
|Ceiling||13,120 ft (4,000 m) to 5,000 m (16,400 ft)|
Luftverkehrsgesellschaft m.b.H. (L.V.G.) was making excellent two-seater aircraft in the unarmed L.V.G. B.I and B.II. In 1915 it became evident it was necessary to arm observation aircraft, since they were beginning to be attacked by Entente pushers. With the addition of the 160hp Mercedes D.III or 150hp Benz Bz.III and an observer's machine gun, the B.II was turned into the L.V.G. C.II. The machine gun could be a Bergmann, Spandau, or Parabellum, though the latter became prevalent as the war wound on, and in the last few hundred built a synchronized gun was added for the pilot.
One unusual feature of the C.II was a split aileron with two angles of incidence, which was thought to contribute to stability and controllability. Over 700 C.IIs were built, with a peak of 255 of them at the front in April 1916. Even after their use tailed off during the year of 1917, they were transferred to the rear and used as trainers, with an additional 300 being built by Ago in 1917-1918.
For more information, see Wikipedia:LVG C.II.
Timeline [note 1]
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
|16Q2-17Q4||XD||-/B or B/B||14||10||?|
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Gray, p.173.
- Lamberton, pp.222-223.
- Angelucci, p.81.
- Gray, p.175.
- Grosz'04, p.1.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
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- 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 106: The LVG C.II. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 2004. ISBN 1-902207-64-5.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027