Форум Breguet's Aircraft Challenge
The Mercur-Flugzeugbau GmbH was organized during the war on 15 april 1915 in Berlin. Its main activity consisted of building Albatros training machines under licence and the repair of various two-seater aircraft. In licence were built the Albatros B.II, C.Ib, C.Ifd and the Rumpler C.I.
The photo which was the subject of this challenge depicts the unique Mercur GL 2 (factory designation) which comes from the collection of Peter M. Grosz. The original must be way better quality than the scan I have made. This is the only picture of this machine which I have ever seen.
This brand-new Mercur C-type is shown rolled out of the factory. The aircraft was unusual in that the pilot was located in front of the wings, and the engine is buries in the fuselage just aft of the ear radiators. Peter M. Grosz was able to identify the machine as the Mercur GL 2, according to the official Mercur 'biography' (I have never heard or seen it). The 200 hp Benz Bz. IVu engine for this engine for this aircraft arrived at the Mercur factory on 4 april 1918. Grosz confirmed that this was the Mercur factory in Berlin by the factory site plans and the railway building in the background.