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C.IX
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight 1918
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built 3

The Aviatik C.IX was a prototype German observation aircraft built by Aviatik in the final months of World War I.

Design[]

The C.IX was a development of the C.VIII with a nine-cylinder Benz Bz.IV engine with a capacity of 200 hp. The aircraft's armament consisted of a synchronized 7.92-mm machine gun LMG 08/15 Spandau and one 7.92-mm machine gun LMG 14 Parabellum on a turret mounted in the rear cabin. Three prototype aircraft were built (Wk.n. 6306/18-6308/18). The two prototypes had ailerons on both wings, while the third had ailerons only on the upper wing. The prototypes also differed from each other in the form of the tail.[1]

Specifications[]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 7.30 m ()
  • Wingspan: 10.70 m ()
  • Height: 2.70 m ()
  • Wing area: 28 m2 ()
  • Empty weight: 980 kg ()
  • Loaded weight: 1,340 kg ()
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IV 9-cylinder water-cooled in-line, (200 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 142 km/h
  • Cruise speed: 145 km/h
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m ()
  • Endurance: 3 hours

Armament

  • Guns: one front synchronized 7.92-mm machine gun LMG 08/15 Spandau and one 7.92-mm machine gun LMG 14 Parabellum on the turret mounted in the rear cabin.
  • Bombs: 60 kg

References[]

  • Taylor, Michael J H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. Portland House, 1989. ISBN 0-517-69186-8
  • Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1970.
  • Herris, Jack and Pearson, Bob. Aviatik Aircraft of World War I. Aeronaut Books, 2014.


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