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The robust A.E.G. C.IV must have seemed a natural starting point for a superb ground-attack aircraft, the AEG J.I. Four hundred kilograms of armor plate in nine sections was bolted to the steel-tube fuselage, protecting both engine and crew. The engine was upgraded to the 200hp Benz Bz.IV, and lower-wing ailerons were added to increase maneuverability. The pilot's gun was sacrificed. In later-model J.Is, the fuselage was lengthened and provision was made for two downward-firing machine guns, firing through the floor of the observer's position.

A.E.G. J.I
AEG J.I 1917 (rfq).jpg
Role Ground Attack
Manufacturer A.E.G.
First flight April 1917 [1]
Introduction May-June 1917
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ~135 [1]
Developed from A.E.G. C.IV
Wingspan 13.0 m (42 ft 7 in) [2]
Engine 200hp Benz Bz.IV inline
Armament rear flexible Parabellum
(sometimes)downward-firing fixed MGs
Crew 2
Max Speed 150 km/h (93 mph)[3][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:00[3][2]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 14:00[2]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 30:00[2]
Ceiling 4,400 m (14,500 ft)[2]-4,500 m (14,800 ft)[3]
Endurance 2:30 [3][2]

Combined with the A.E.G. J.II, the two AEG ground-attack aircraft became the most numerous J-types.[1] The J.Ia variant had double ailerons connected by struts. [4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:AEG J.I.

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
17Q2-18Q4 XD -/B 17 ? 5

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Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Herris'15, p.52.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gray, p.12.
  4. Lamberton, p.156.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Jack Herris. AEG Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2015. ISBN 978-1-935881-28-5.
  • Jack Herris, German Armored Warplanes of WWI. USA: Aeronaut Books, 2012. ISBN 978-1-935881-11-7
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.