O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)
Aviatik D II
The D II was Aviatik's first original design D type. Appearing late in 1916, the D II featured the plywood-skinned fuselage favoured by Albatros. However, the internal structure differed, as the whole of the forward fuselage framework was of steel tube. Engine fitted was 160 h.p. Mercedes D III. Only a single aircraft was built.
W.Green, G.Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters
AVIATIK D II
The Automobil und Aviatik AG of Leipzig-Heiterblick licence-built the Halberstadt DII as the Aviatik DI - later known as the Halberstadt D II(Av) - before, in late 1916, developing and building an original single-seat fighter as the DII. Powered by the 160 hp Daimler D III six-cylinder water-cooled engine and carrying an armament of two synchronised 7,92-mm LMG 08/15 machine guns, the DII was a staggered single-bay biplane with wooden, fabric-covered wings and a steel-tube (forward) and wood (aft) fuselage largely ply covered. The Aviatik fighter did not find favour with the Idflieg as a result of the Typen-Prufung and further development was discontinued, only the one prototype being built.
Max speed, 93 mph (150 km/h).
Time to 3,280 ft (1000 m), 7.2 min.
Span, 29 ft 0 in (8,84 m).
Length, 22 ft 4 1/2 in (6,82 m).
Height, 9 ft 5 in (2,87 m).
J.Herris Aviatik Aircraft of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 10)
The Aviatik D.II, Aviatik's first original fighter, was built in late 1916. Like Albatros fighters, the Aviatik D.II was powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine and had two synchronized machine guns. It was a single-bay biplane with conventional interplane struts. Primarily built of conventional wood, fabric, and wires, the forward fuselage was steel tube and the rear fuselage was covered with plywood. The D.II demonstrated mediocre performance and only one prototype was built.
Aviatik D.II Specifications
Engine: 160 hp Mercedes D.III
Wing: Span 8.84 m
General: Length 6.82 m
Height 2.87 m
Maximum Speed: 150 kmh
Climb: 1000m 7.2 min
Flight, September 11, 1919.
The foregoing types represent the development in the two-seater class. The Aviatik firm has, however, also produced some single-seaters, known in Germany as the D class. Of these mention may be made of a few.
The Aviatik, Type D II
This machine, which was built in 1916, is similar in general lay-out to the Albatross and other scouts. It had a 160 h.p. Mercedes engine, and the radiator was placed in the centre section of the top plane. Although the body construction was the usual German one of a light framework covered with ply-wood, steel was used for the inter-plane and centresection struts, and also for the undercarriage and engine-bearers. The pilot's seat was carried on a rearward extension of the channel section steel engine-bearers.