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Experience with the aborted Hansa-Brandenburg C.II project gave Phönix the experience to create the Phönix C.I. Long delays plagued the program, but finally in late spring 1918 some C.Is were sent for front-line evaluation. A 230hp Hiero engine was a key part of its success, and it was thought to be a better plane than the UFAG C.I.

Phönix C.I
Phonix C.I photo2.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Phönix
First flight Aug 1917 [1]
Introduction Apr-May 1918 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Number built roughly 110[2] to 160 [1]
Wingspan 11.0 m (36 ft 1 in) [3]
Engine 230hp Hiero inline
Armament fixed, sync. Schwarzlose and
rear, flexible Scharzlose
50 kg (110 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 172 km/h (107 mph)[4] to
177 km/h (110 mph)[5][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:15[3] to 4:30[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 10:45
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 18:00[3] to 20:35[4]
Ceiling 5,400 m (17,700 ft)[5][3]
Endurance ~3:30 [5]

Though about 160 were built (and many more were planned), the C.I was just reaching front-line units in large numbers when the war ended. It saw use with seventeen Fliks but only in ones and twos. Few were lost in combat but there were the inevitable teething troubles and records show only six at the front on 20 October 1918. Had all the orders been fulfilled, there would have been 565 of them built by spring of 1919. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Phönix C.I.

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Official Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
18Q2-18Q4 K B/B 16 11 4

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ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Grosz, p.109.
  2. Lamberton, p.30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.212-213.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Grosz'93, p.113.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.44.
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