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The AEG Dr.I was a triplane fighter of World War I, based on the D.I. Only a single prototype was built and its poor performance meant that no production ensued. The Dr.I was a Dreidecker (triplane) variant of the D.I and had been inspired by a Sopwith Triplane that had been captured intact. A number of proposals for fighters with comparable characteristics were put forward, and AEG’s contribution to the program appeared in October 1917. Other than the triple wing it was a D.I, the aircraft had the same fuselage, engine and twin gun armament of its earlier brethren.
Specifications (AEG Dr.I)
Data from German Aircraft of the First World War
- Crew: 1
- Length: 6.1 m (20 ft 0 in)
- Wingspan: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)
- Empty weight: 710 kg (1,565 lb)
- Gross weight: 970 kg (2,138 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.IIIa 6-cyl water-cooled in-line piston engine, 126.8 kW (170.0 hp)
- Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph; 92 kn)
- Guns: * 2 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns
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