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Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft G.m.b.H.
First flight 1917
Introduction 1918
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Produced 1918
Number built 1,100[1]
Developed from LVG C.V

LVG C.VI was a German two-seat reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft used during World War I.


The aircraft was designed by Willy Sabersky-Müssigbrodt and developed by Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (LVG) in 1917. The C.VI was a further development of the C.V, which Sabersky-Müssigbrodt had made for his former employer DFW. It was lighter, smaller and aerodynamically refined, although its fuselage seemed more bulky. It was a biplane of mixed, mostly wooden construction. It featured a semi-monocoque fuselage, plywood covered. Rectangular wings of wooden and metal construction, canvas covered. Upper wing of slightly greater span, shifted some 25 cm (10 in) towards front. Vertical fin plywood covered, rudder and elevators of metal frame canvas covered, stabilizers (tailplanes) of wooden frame canvas covered. Straight uncovered engine in the fuselage nose, with a chimney-like exhaust pipe. Two-blade Benz wooden propeller, 2.88 m (9.45 ft) diameter. Flat water radiator in central section of upper wing. Fixed conventional landing gear, with a straight common axle and a rear skid. Aircraft were equipped with a radio (morse;send only); transmissions were by means of an antenna which could be lowered below the aircraft when needed. The crew had parachutes and heated flying suits. A total of 1,100 aircraft of the type were manufactured.[1]

Operational service

Most LVG C.VIs were used by the German military aviation in last operations of World War I, mostly on Western Front, for close reconnaissance and observation.

After the war, Deutsche Luft-Reederei (DLR) used several C.VIs to provide mail and passenger transport service. The Polish Air Force used several aircraft during Polish-Soviet war (the first was left by the Germans, another was completed from parts in 1920, and several were bought abroad). Suomen ilmailuliikenne Oy purchased two C.VIs from a Swedish airline in 1923. The company went bankrupt in 1922, but would be a predecessor to Aero O/Y, in turn a predecessor of Finnair. The Finnish Air Force purchased two aircraft. One was destroyed in a spin in Santahamina in 1923. The other was used until the end of 1924. More than 20 were used by Lithuania, two last ones survived until 1940. Three were used in Czechoslovakia, two in Switzerland (1920-1929), several in the USSR.

Today, there are three surviving C.VIs. One is on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, one at the Brussels Air Museum in Belgium and the one at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace in Paris.


 German Empire
 Soviet Union

Specifications (C.VI)

Data from Thulinista Hornettiin

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: pilot, observer
  • Length: 7.45 m (24 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.00 m (42 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 2.85 m (9 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 37 m² ()
  • Empty weight: 945 kg ()
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,390 kg (3,060 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IV 6-cylinder, water-cooled, straight engine, 147 kW (200 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h (92 kn, 103 mph)
  • Range: 400 km (216 nmi, 242 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,500 m (21300 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.78 m/s (550 ft/min)


  • 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 fixed with an interruptor gear
  • 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun on a ring mounting
  • 90 kg (200 lb) of bombs
  • See also


    1. 1.0 1.1 Holmes, Tony (2005). Jane's Vintage Aircraft Recognition Guide. London: Harper Collins. pp. 33. ISBN 0-00-719292-4. 

    Restoration of LVG CVI at Brussels Air Museum


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