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Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight 1917
Status prototype only
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built 1

The Aviatik C.VIII was a prototype German observation aircraft built by Aviatik in World War I.


The C.VIII was a development of the C.VII with the former's BMW IV engine replaced by the simpler Benz Bz.IV. It was an aerodynamically clean biplane with a minimum amount of biplane box struts and a cut-out in the upper wing to improve visibility from the cockpit. Like the Halberstadt CL.II, the Aviatik C.VIII had a plywood-covered fuselage tapering down to a narrow tail.[1] The Aviatik C.VIII was judged obsolete in 1917 given the deployment of an observer in front of the pilot.


Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 7.30 m ()
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m ()
  • Height: 2.85 m ()
  • Wing area: 28 m2 ()
  • Empty weight: 780 kg ()
  • Loaded weight: 1,180 kg ()
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 9-cylinder water-cooled in-line, (160 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h
  • Cruise speed: 155 km/h
  • Service ceiling: 5,100 m ()


  • Guns: *one turret 7.92-mm machine gun Parabellum in the rear cabin
  • Bombs: 60 kg


  1. Treadwell, Terry, 2010. German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918. Stroud: Amberley Publishing.
  • 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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