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Airco DH.2 WW1 Fighter

The Airco DH.2 was designed in 1915 by Geoffrey de Havilland in answer to the German Fokker Eindecker which had gained dominance of the skies ("Fokker Scourge"). The design was a "pusher" type with the engine behind the pilot, this was because the Allies did not have a reliable synchronised interrupter system which allowed the German fighters to fire through the propeller arc without hitting their own propeller. When in February 1916 the Airco DH.2 was introduced,  it was soon apparent it was equal to, or better, than the Eindecker, it allowed the Allies to have the upper hand until  the introduction of the Halberstadt D.II and Albatros D.I and D.II in February 1916.

Airco DH.2 WW1 Fighter


It is of note that the British flying ace, Lanoe Hawker, was shot down in his Airco DH.2 fighter on the 23rd of November 1916 by Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) who was flying an Albatros D.II.

Airco DH.2 Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 25 ft 2 in (7.69 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 3 in (8.61 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.91 m)
  • Empty weight: 942 lb (428 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,441 lb (654 kg)
  • Engine: Single 100 hp (75 kW) Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine
  • Maximum speed: 93 mph (150 km/h) at sea level
  • Range: 250 mi (400 km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,265 m)
  • Rate of climb: 545 ft/min (166 m/min)
  • Endurance: 2 hours

      Airco DH.2 Armament:

      • Single .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis gun (machine gun)

    Airco DH2 Fighter Landing in France during WWI

    Airco DH2 Fighter Landing in France during WWI

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