The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Videos
The Aerodrome Forum
Sign the Guestbook
Help
WWI Web Sites
Medals & Decorations
The Aerodrome News
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History




 
 
Unlike other single-seat biplane scouts of its day, the Airco D.H.5 featured an unusual wing configuration. By positioning the upper wing toward the rear of the cockpit, designer Geoffrey de Havilland was able to improve the pilot's field of vision. Despite this improvement, at high altitude the D.H.5 was a poor performer due to its underpowered engine. By the end of 1917, it was removed from combat and used as a trainer.
 
Airco D.H.5 Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Type: Fighter
Entered Service: May 1917
Number Built:
Engine(s): Le Rhône 9J, rotary, 110 hp
Wing Span: 25 ft 8 in (7.82 m)
Length: 22 ft (6.71 m)
Height: 9 ft 1½ in (2.78 m)
Empty Weight: 1,010 lb
Gross Weight: 1,492 lb (677 kg)
Max Speed: 102 mph (164 km/h)
Ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,877 m)
Endurance: 2 hr 45 min
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 machine gun
 
Airco D.H.5 Units
Australian Flying Corps: 2, 6
Royal Air Force: 205
Royal Flying Corps: 24, 32, 41, 64, 68
 
Airco D.H.5 Aces (8)
1 Australia Coningham, Arthur 9
2 Canada Beanlands, Bernard Paul Gascoigne 7
3 England Pearson, William Reginald Guy 7
4 England Winnicott, Russell 7
5 England Tayler, St. Cyprian Churchill 6
6 England Walter, Stephen Reginald Parke 6
7 Australia Edwards, Herbert James 5
8 Ireland Tyrrell, Walter Alexander 5
 
1
 
Aces · Aircraft · Books · Forum · Guests · Help · Links · Medals · News · Search · Today