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AEG B.II / B.III

Страна: Германия

Год: 1915

Reconnaissance

AEG - S1 - 1914 - Германия<– –>AEG - C.I / C.II - 1915 - Германия


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A.E.G. B II
  Powered with a 120 h.p. Mercedes D II engine, this 1914 design was used in small numbers on unarmed reconnaissance duties. This aircraft was the forerunner of the later C I design.

A.E.G. B III
  This 1915 development of the B II design was used both for unarmed reconnaissance and as a school machine. Engine, 120 h.p. Mercedes D II. Span, 131 m. (42 ft. 11 3/4 in.). Speed, 110 km.hr. (68.75 m.p.h.).


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AEG B.II

  In late 1914 Idflieg ordered the improved AEG B.II powered by the 150 hp Benz Bz.III. This aircraft, company designation Z9, was a more compact development of the earlier B.I. Nothing is know about designs Z7 and Z8; these were probably unbuilt projects. The first production AEG B.II was rolled out in February 1915 and arrived at the front in April 1915. According to AEG records, ten aircraft were delivered and some served at the front until August-September 1915. Some B.II biplanes were re-engined with a 120 hp Mercedes D.II engine and fitted with dual controls for training purposes.
  
AEG B.II Specifications
Engine: 150 hp Benz Bz.III 120 hp Mercedes D.II
Wing: Span Upper 13.07 m
Span Lower 11.83 m
Chord Upper 1.60 m
Chord Lower 1.60 m
Gap 1.95 m
Area 36.0 m2
General: Length 7.95 m
Track 2.30 m
Empty Weight 710 kg
Loaded Weight 1,125 kg
Maximum Speed: 130 kmh
Climb: 1000m 4.5 min


AEG B.III

  The AEG B.III (company designation Z10) was built in January 1915 as a lightened derivative of the B.II. Visually, the difference was a rounded fin and rudder and use of the 160 hp Mercedes D.III six-cylinder engine. As far as is known, only one B.III was built. Performance testing of the B.III compared to the B.II showed the B.III had a poorer climb despite being 10% lighter and having a slightly more powerful engine. Investigation revealed the bulged center-section gravity tank interfered with airflow from the propeller,- when the tank was removed and the wing gap increased the B.III achieved the expected climb rate. As a result, starting with the AEG C.IV the center-section tank and airfoil radiator were eliminated from AEG designs. This improvement was later confirmed by wind-tunnel tests at Gottingen.

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AEG B.II B.260/14
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B.II AEG 191 from the AEG Flugplatz Nieder-Neuendorf
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AEG B.II B.260/14 ready for flight. (The Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
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Front view of an AEG B.II. (The Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
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This view of AEG B.II B.283 shows the overall shape and many national insignia on the wings, but none on the fuselage. (The Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
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AEG B-type trainers at AEG Flugplatz Nieder-Neuendorf. These aircraft were owned by the flying school and the numbers were their school numbers, not military serial numbers.
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AEG B.II B.283 shows its engine and radiator details and the ability to fold its wings for storage. (The Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
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AEG B.II with wings folded for storage. The propeller also has a protective cloth covering.
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AEG B.II showing its 150 hp Benz Bz.III engine.
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AEG B.II B.244 in flight. The wings carry a surplus of national insignia but there are none on the fuselage.
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AEG B.II in flight.This aircraft has national insignia on the fuselage.
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The sole AEG B.III was powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III.
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AEG B-type trainer '43' after a bad landing.
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