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Role reconnaissance/light bomber
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft
Introduced late 1915
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built approx. 300
Developed from LVG B.I

The LVG C.I was a 1910s German two-seat reconnaissance biplane designed by Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft for the Luftstreitkräfte.


The C.II was developed from the LVG B.I, with the pilot and observer positions reversed, adding a ring-mounted machine gun to the rear. The increase in weight required a larger engine, the Benz Bz.III. Few C.I's were built before the C.II was introduced. It incorporated structural improvements and a more powerful engine.

Operational history

The C.II was the first aircraft to bomb London, when six bombs were dropped near Victoria station on 28 November 1915.


  • LVG C.I - initial design, 120 kW (160 hp) Benz Bz.III engine.
  • LVG C.II - production version.
  • LVG C.III - single experimental aircraft, observer and machine gun moved to front.
  • LVG C.IV - slightly larger, 160 kW (220 hp) Mercedes D.IV engine.

Specifications (C.II)

Data from The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 8.10 m (26 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.85 m (42 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.93 m (9 ft 7.25 in)
  • Wing area: 37.60 m² (404.74 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 845 kg (1,863 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,405 kg (3,097 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III, 119 kW (160 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
  • Endurance: 4 hours
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,125 ft)


  • 1 × flexible 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun
  • 1 × fixed, forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun (later production aircraft)
  • up to 60 kg (130 lb) of light bombs

See also

Related lists List of military aircraft of Germany

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Published - July 2009

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