|Although mislabeled as an Albatros C.III in the Bundesarchiv photo collection this is in fact an LVG C.II. Note the Bergman machine gun in the rear gunner's turret.|
|Number built||approx. 300|
|Developed from||LVG B.I|
Development[edit | edit source]
The C.II was developed from the LVG B.I, with the pilot and observer positions reversed, adding a ring-mounted machine gun to the rear. The increase in weight required a larger engine, the Benz Bz.III. Few C.I's were built before the C.II was introduced. It incorporated structural improvements and a more powerful engine.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
The C.II was the first fixed-wing aircraft to bomb London, when six bombs were dropped near Victoria station on 28 November 1915. (The first air raid on London was by the Zeppelin LZ 38, in the early hours of 1 June 1915.)
Variants[edit | edit source]
- LVG C.I - initial design, 120 kW (160 hp) Benz Bz.III engine.
- LVG C.II - production version.
- LVG C.III - single experimental aircraft, observer and machine gun moved to front.
- LVG C.IV - slightly larger, 160 kW (220 hp) Mercedes D.IV engine.
Operators[edit | edit source]
Specifications (C.II)[edit | edit source]
Data from Donald, David, The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft (pg 553). (1997). Prospero Books. ISBN 1-85605-375-X
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 2
- Length: 8.10 m (26 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 12.85 m (42 ft 2 in)
- Height: 2.93 m (9 ft 7.25 in)
- Wing area: 37.60 m2 (404.74 ft2)
- Empty weight: 845 kg (1,863 lb)
- Gross weight: 1,405 kg (3,097 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III, 119 kW (160 hp)
- Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
- Endurance: 4 hours
- Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,125 ft)
See also[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Donald, 1997, p. 553.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Donald, David, The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft (pg 553). (1997). Prospero Books. ISBN 1-85605-375-X
- van Wyngarden, G (2006). Early German Aces of World War I, Osprey Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84176-997-5
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