The superb D.F.W. C.V was one of the most successful two-seaters of the war, dominating the German air force C-Class counts from spring of 1917 through the armistice. They were built in large numbers not only by D.F.W., but also by Aviatik, L.V.G., and Halberstadt. Over 1000 were at the front in August of 1917.
|First flight||May 1916 |
|Introduction||Sep-Oct 1916 |
|Primary users|| Germany|
Ottoman Empire 
|Number built||3955 [note 1]|
|Wingspan||13.3 m (43 ft 7 in) |
|Engine||220hp Benz Bz.IV inline|
|Armament||sync. fixed LMG08/15 and|
rear flexible Parabellum
100 kg (220 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||150 km/h (93 mph) to 155 km/h (96 mph) to 161 km/h (100 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00-5:45|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 7:00-13:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 15:00-21:45
|Ceiling||5,000 m (16,400 ft) to|
6,400 m (21,000 ft)
|Endurance||3:30  to 4:30|
Early planes featured ear (side) radiators and a fully-cowled engine, but later planes moved the radiator to the top-front of the wing and dispensed with engine cowling. Crews found them to be without serious flaws: easy to fly and land, roomy, and possessing of plenty of power. It was only in the second half of 1918 that they were starting to show their age and were being replaced by the more modern Halberstadt C.V and L.V.G. C.VI.
The DFW C.V was truly the definitive German two-seater of 1917 and early 1918, serving in Italy, Macedonia, Palestine, and of course the Western Front.
For more information, see Wikipedia:DFW C.V.
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