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Role Two-seat reconnaissance biplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte

The LVG B.I was a 1910s German two-seat reconnaissance biplane designed by Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft for the Luftstreitkräfte.

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]

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 German Empire

Specifications (B.I)[edit | edit source]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • 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]

  1. 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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