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Forty-eight Austro-Hungarian Aviatik B.IIs were delivered between 1914 and December 1915 in a batch known as Series 32. They were based on the Aviatik Type P14, but they mounted 120hp Daimler engines, and some were upgraded to the 150hp model in August 1915. They were underpowered and struggled to reach an altitude above Italian small-arms fire. After being withdrawn from the front in September 1915, they served as trainers well into 1917.

Aviatik B.II
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Aviatik
Introduction Sept 1914 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Number built 48 Series 32, 50 Series 34 [1]
Wingspan 14.0 m (46 ft) [2]
Engine 120hp Daimler inline or
150hp Daimler inline
S34:160hp Austro-Daimler
Armament 20 kg (44 lb) to 60 kg (132 lb) of bombs[2]
S34: rear flexible Schwarzlose[3]
Max Speed 110 km/h (68 mph)[4][5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 10:20[4]
1,200 m (3,940 ft) in 15:00[2]
Ceiling 2,500 m (8,200 ft) [5][2]
S34:5,000 m (16,400 ft) [3]
Endurance 4:00 [5][2]

A second batch, Series 34, was built in 1915 to fill the gap for Aviatik B.III delays. Series 34 planes used the 150hp-160hp Daimler engine. Deliveries started in September 1915, and -- unlike its predecessor -- the Series 34 planes were well-liked because they had sufficient power for their airframe. They served with sixteen Fliks until they were withdrawn in mid-1916 and relegated to training duties. [1]

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Miniatures and ModelsEdit

A German Aviatik Type P15 model will suffice.

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grosz, p.158.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.212-213.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lamberton, p.20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Grosz'93, p.160.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.32.
Bibliography
  • Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711