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The Aviatik C.III was an attempt to clean up the aerodynamic profile of the Aviatik C.I, but it retained the same engine. Aside from an 18 km/h (11 mph) increase in speed, it was little improved and it retained the same crippling design of stranding the observer/gunner under the front wing. (Although in later machines two Parabellums were carried, eliminating the need to move the gun from one rail to the other.) Twenty-four Aviatik C.Ia orders were converted to C.IIIs, followed by a order for twenty-five additional in July 1916. Later, in 1917, a further two hundred were built as trainers.[1] They were used in small numbers at the front from mid 1916 until summer of 1917.

Aviatik C.III
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Aviatik
First flight Apr 1916
Introduction mid 1916
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 49 [1][note 1]
Developed from Aviatik C.I
Wingspan 11.8 m (38 ft 8 in) [2]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament forward gunner between wings with 1-2 Parabellum flexible machine guns
Crew 2
Max Speed 155 km/h (96 mph)[3] to
160 km/h (99 mph)[4][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:30[3]-7:00[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 16:00[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 25:00[2]-31:00[3]
Ceiling 4,500 m (14,800 ft)[4][3]-4,600 m (15,000 ft)[2]
Range 480 km (300 mi)[3]
Endurance 3:00 [4]

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Notes
  1. A further 200 were used as trainers in 1917-1918.
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Herris'14, p.44.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harris'14, p.5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.63.
  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. Aviatik Aircraft of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-22-3
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.