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Designed by Ernst Heinkel, the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I biplane fighter suffered a series of fatal accidents when it first entered service. Nicknamed the "Starstrutter" or "Spider," it employed a unique V strut system. Despite a non-synchronized machine gun and an obstructed forward view, the D.I was widely used by Austro-Hungarian aces like Godwin Brumowski.
Hansa-Brandenburg D.I Specifications
Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Manufacturer: Phönix Flugzeug-Werke AG & Ungarische Flugzeugfabrik AG
Type: Fighter
Entered Service: Autumn 1916
Number Built: 200
Engine(s): Austro-Daimler, liquid cooled 6 cylinder in-line, 160 hp
Wing Span: 27 ft 10 3/4 in (8.51 m)
Length: 20 ft 10 in (6.35 m)
Height: 9 ft 2 1/4 in (2.79 m)
Empty Weight: 1,478 lbs
Gross Weight: 2,024 lb (917 kg)
Max Speed: 116 mph (187 km/h)
Ceiling: 16,405 ft (5,000 m)
Endurance: 2 hours 30 minutes
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 Schwarzlose 8 mm machine gun
Austro-Hungarian Air Service: Flik 42J
Hansa-Brandenburg D.I Aces
1 Austro-Hungarian Empire Godwin Brumowski 23
2 Austro-Hungarian Empire Frank Linke-Crawford 12
3 Austro-Hungarian Empire Benno Fiala Ritter von Fernbrugg 8
4 Austro-Hungarian Empire Julius Arigi 5
5 Austro-Hungarian Empire Johann Risztics 5
Hansa-Brandenburg D.I Books
Brandenburg D.I
by Karl Meindl, Walter Schroeter / Hardcover / Flying Machines Press (January 1997)
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