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Airco D.H.9a
 
 
The Airco D.H.9a biplane bomber was an enlarged version of the D.H.9 with much needed improvements. It was equipped with the more efficient American Liberty engine, had a nose mounted radiator and even featured a spare tire mounted under the fuselage. Although a bit shorter than the D.H.9, its larger wings provided more lift for carrying heavier payloads. The D.H.9a entered service too late to have much of an impact on the outcome of the war.
 
Airco D.H.9a Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Type: Bomber
First Introduced: August 1918
Number Built: 2,500
Engine(s): Liberty, 12 cylinder, liquid cooled, inline V, 400 hp
Wing Span: 45 ft 11½ in (14 m)
Length: 30 ft 3 in (9.22 m)
Height: 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 4,645 lb (2,107 kg)
Max Speed: 123 mph (198 km/h)
Ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,486 m)
Endurance: 5¼ hours
Crew: 2
Armament: 2-3 machine guns
460-660 lb (208.7-299.4 kg) of bombs
 
Airco D.H.9 Units
Australian Flying Corps: 3
Royal Air Force: 204, 205, 206, 211, 217, 218
Royal Flying Corps: 18, 49, 57, 98, 99, 103, 104, 107, 108, 110
 
Airco D.H.9 Aces (28)
1 England Stubbs, John Stevenson 11
2 Canada Christian, Leonard Arthur 9
3 England Warren, Leslie Reginald 8
4 USA Dodds, Roy Edward 7
5 Canada Home-Hay, Jeffrey Batters 7
6 Canada Appleby, Percival Ewart 6
7 England Bell, George Stanley 6
8 England Bowman, Clifford 6
9 Canada Corey, Irving Banfield 6
10 England Dance, Charles Cannon 6
 
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