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Euler D.I
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Euler-Werke
Designer August Euler
First flight Autumn 1916
Introduction 1917
Retired 1920
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte
Number built around 75
Variants Euler D.II

The Euler D.I was a German single-seat fighter based on the French Nieuport 11. After seeing the success of the French Nieuport 11 at the front, German designer August Euler set about to create a German aircraft based on the Nieuport design. The Euler D.I first flew in late 1916. It was powered by an 80 hp engine with the Euler patented machine gun on the front.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

2 prototypes were recorded as being in service at the front in October 1916, and the German government ordered 50 in the same month. A further 50 were ordered in early 1917, but this order was largely transferred over to the D.I's successor, the Euler D.II. The plane saw very little combat service, being largely used as a fighter trainer for the remainder of the war.

Operators[edit | edit source]

 German Empire

Specifications[edit | edit source]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 5.80 m (19 ft 0¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 8.10 m (26 ft 6⅞ in)
  • Height: 2.66 m (8 ft 8¾ in)
  • Wing area: 13.00 m² (139.93 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 380 kg (838 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Oberursel U.O seven cylinder rotary engine, 60 kW (80 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)
  • Time to 2,000 m: 12.5 minutes

Armament

  • Guns: 1 x engine-mounted 7.92-mm machine gun

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • William Green and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Colour Library Direct, Godalming, UK: 1994. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.


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