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D.H.2 (7850)
 
 
The D.H.2 biplane was Geoffrey de Havilland's second design for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company. This highly successful pusher had good maneuverability with an excellent rate of climb. Mounting the engine to the rear of the fuselage permitted the use of a fixed, forward-firing machine gun before the advent of the synchronous machine gun. Superior to the Fokker E.III, the D.H.2 helped end the "Fokker Scourge." Well past its prime and almost two years after its introduction, some squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps were still equipped with D.H.2s.

"... the de Havilland machine has unquestionably proved itself superior to the Fokker in speed, manoeuverability, climbing and general fighting efficiency." Sir Henry Rawlinson, 23 May 1916
 
Airco D.H.2 Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
Type: Fighter
Entered Service: February 1916
Number Built: 400
Engine: Gnôme Monosoupape, 9 cylinder, air cooled rotary, 100 hp
Wing Span: 28 ft 3 in (8.61 m)
Length: 25 ft 2½ in (7.68 m)
Height: 9 ft 6½ in (2.91 m)
Empty Weight: 1,356 lb (615 kg)
Gross Weight: 1,441 lb (653.6 kg)
Max Speed: 93 mph (150 km/h)
Ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,267 m)
Endurance: 2 hrs 45 mins
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 machine gun
 
Airco D.H.2 Units
Royal Flying Corps: 5, 11, 18, 24, 29, 32, 40, 47
 
Airco D.H.2 Aces (31)
11 Canada Wood, Harry Alison 6
12 England Cockerell, Stanley 5
13 England McCudden, James Thomas Byford 5
14 England Crawford, Kelvin 4
15 Canada McKay, Alfred Edwin 4
16 England Pickthorn, Charles Edward Murray 4
17 England Saundby, Robert Henry Magnus Spencer 4
18 England Chapman, Charles Meredith Bouverie 3
19 Ireland Tidmarsh, David Mary 3
20 England Billinge, Frank 2
 
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