|Role||Two-seat reconnaissance biplane|
Development[edit | edit source]
LVG had been involved in the operation of dirigibles before it started design, in 1912, of the company's first original design, the B.I. The B.I was an unequal-span two-seat biplane with a fixed tailskid landing gear. It was powered by a nose-mounted 80 kW (100 hp) Mercedes D.I engine. After entering service an improved variant, the B.II was developed with a cut-out in the upper wing to improve visibility for the pilot in the rear cockpit to help spot ground infantry and fitted with a 90 kW (120 hp) Mercedes D.II engine. The B.II entered service in 1915 and although mainly used as a trainer it was also used for unarmed reconnaissance and scouting duties. A further variant was the B.III which had structural strengthening to allow it to be used as a trainer.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- B.I - Production variant powered by a 80 kW (100 hp) Mercedes D.I engine.
- B.II - Improved variant powered by a 90 kW (120 hp) Mercedes D.II engine.
- B.III - Training variant with strengthened structures.
Operators[edit | edit source]
Specifications (B.I)[edit | edit source]
Data from 
- Crew: 2 (pilot, observer)
- Length: 8.30 m (27 ft 2¾ in)
- Wingspan: 12.12 m (39 ft 9¼ in)
- Height: 2.95 m (9 ft 8¼ in)
- Wing area: 35.40 m2 (381.05 ft2)
- Empty weight: 726 kg (1,600 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,075 kg (2,370 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I inline piston engine, 75 kW (100 hp)
- Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
- Endurance: 4 hours 0 min
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Orbis 1985, page 2277
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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