The Aircraft Manufacturing Company (Airco) D.H.9 was intended as a replacement for the successful D.H.4, but it was limited by a bad engine: the 230hp Siddeley Puma, which was based on the B.H.P. Galloway Adriadic. The engine left the D.H.9 with less horsepower than its predecessor and left it with a poor climb rate and shedding speed and altitude in maneuver. Even with its serious limitations, 3,890 DH9s were produced and it served with about 30 squadrons on the western front starting in February 1918. The true character of the DH9 was not revealed until it was re-engined with the 400hp Liberty V12 in the form of the DH9A.
|First flight||Jul 1917|
|Introduction||Apr 1918 |
|Primary users|| U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|Wingspan||12.9 m (42 ft 5 in) |
|Engine||230hp Siddeley Puma|
|Armament||sync. fixed Vickers and|
1-2 rear flexible Lewis MG
210 kg (460 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||180 km/h (112 mph) |
|Climb||2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 11:00|
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 20:05
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 45:00 
|Service Ceiling||4,700 m (15,500 ft)|
|Absolute Ceiling||5,300 m (17,500 ft)|
The D.H.9 was used in Palestine, Macedonia, the Aegean and Mediterranean as well as the Western Front with the RAF, Belgium, and the US Naval Northern Bombing Group.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Airco DH.9.
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
|17Q4-18Q4||H||B/A or B/B||16||11||3|
Miniatures and ModelsEdit
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- Shapeways: Kampfflieger
Isometric Top ViewsEdit
- Owers, p.17.
- Lamberton, p.38.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Bruce'69, p.198.
- Bruce'98, p.41.
- J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
- J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 72: Airco DH9. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1998. ISBN 1-902207-05-X
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
- Colin Owers, Great War Aircraft in Profile 6: De Havilland Aircraft of World War I; Volume 2: D.H.5 - D.H.15. Boulder, Colorado: Flying Machines Press, 2001. ISBN 1-891268-18-X