German WW1 desiginations

German WW1 desiginations

Post by The Law » Wed, 12 Jun 2002 02:27:28



What do the designations of C, D, E and so on used with German World War 1
planes stand for. Thanks Pete
 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by Bill Banasza » Wed, 12 Jun 2002 04:02:13


AFAIK, C meant an armed two-seater, D meant a biplane fighter and E
designated a monoplane fighter.

Bill Banaszak, MFE

 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by The Old Tim » Wed, 12 Jun 2002 09:55:44


Quote:
> AFAIK, C meant an armed two-seater, D meant a biplane fighter and E
> designated a monoplane fighter.

That's right they were:
 "B" - Unarmed (or lightly armed) reconnaissance
 "C" - Armed reconnaissance, light bombing and ground attack
 "Cl" - As above, lighter aircraft weight
 "D" - Doppeldecker (biplane) fighter
 "Dr" - Dreidecker (triplane) fighter
 "E" - Eindecker (monoplane) fighter
 "G" - Bomber
 "R" - Reisenflugzeug (not sure of the translation) giant heavy bomber
I'm not sure if I missed any.
HTH

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German WW1 desiginations

Post by Shane » Wed, 12 Jun 2002 10:18:56


"Bill Banaszak" wrote

Quote:
> AFAIK, C meant an armed two-seater, D meant a biplane fighter and E
> designated a monoplane fighter.

B - unarmed 2 seaters
Cl - light armed 2 seaters
G - large aircraft (groszflugzeug), generally bombers like Gotha's, AEG,s
and Friedrichshavens
R - really big suckers "Reisenflugzeug" like the 4 engine zepellin bombers
J - armoured attack aircraft

But...

D originally meant biplane (doppeldecker) but the Fokker D.VIII for example
is a monoplane - by the time it came out D planes were fighters

There are other discrepancies too !

Shane

 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by Dan » Wed, 12 Jun 2002 11:02:51



Quote:

> "Bill Banaszak" wrote

> > AFAIK, C meant an armed two-seater, D meant a biplane fighter and E
> > designated a monoplane fighter.

> B - unarmed 2 seaters
> Cl - light armed 2 seaters
> G - large aircraft (groszflugzeug), generally bombers like Gotha's, AEG,s
> and Friedrichshavens
> R - really big suckers "Reisenflugzeug" like the 4 engine zepellin bombers
> J - armoured attack aircraft

> But...

> D originally meant biplane (doppeldecker) but the Fokker D.VIII for
example
> is a monoplane - by the time it came out D planes were fighters

> There are other discrepancies too !

> Shane

Wasn't it originally (or also) the E.V?

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Post by Shane » Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:11:07


"Dan" wrote

Quote:
> > D originally meant biplane (doppeldecker) but the Fokker D.VIII for
> example
> > is a monoplane - by the time it came out D planes were fighters

> > There are other discrepancies too !

> Wasn't it originally (or also) the E.V?

Yes. The designation was changed after some production problems which caused
wing failure had been rectified. The aircraft was still identical
externally, but the name changed.

I dare say it helped ease the fears of pilots worried that the wing migh
drop off their aircraft to know it was a D.VIII not an E.V  :-)

Incidentally, I forgot one....

W - floatplane

Shane

 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by Bill Banasza » Thu, 13 Jun 2002 05:02:13


I think it's actually R'ie'senflugzeug.  I know it's not a big deal to
Americans but it does change the meaning of the word in German.  IIRC,
'Riesen' means 'giant', reisen means to journey.

Bill Banaszak, MFE

 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by David Flemi » Sat, 15 Jun 2002 21:18:30


Quote:

>What do the designations of C, D, E and so on used with German World War 1
>planes stand for. Thanks Pete

Try  http://www.wwi.models.org/misc/desig.html for a detailed breakdown on
the German designation system, including a note on how 'D' might not mean
'doppledekker' after all.

And shame on Shane for not mentioning it - forgotten us already ?

Dave

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German WW1 desiginations

Post by The Law » Sat, 15 Jun 2002 23:55:01


Dave the link you posted does not seem to work. Would you check it out
please. Thanks Pete
Quote:


>>What do the designations of C, D, E and so on used with German World War 1
>>planes stand for. Thanks Pete

>Try  http://www.wwi.models.org/misc/desig.html for a detailed breakdown on
>the German designation system, including a note on how 'D' might not mean
>'doppledekker' after all.

>And shame on Shane for not mentioning it - forgotten us already ?

>Dave

>FROM ADDRESS HAS SPAM TRAP - CLICK REPLY TO EMAIL

 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by Michael Stanle » Sun, 16 Jun 2002 00:38:53


Try:

http://www.wwi-models.org/misc/desig.html

(he had wwi. instead of wwi-)

--
Michael Stanley


Quote:
> Dave the link you posted does not seem to work. Would you check it out
> please. Thanks Pete


> >>What do the designations of C, D, E and so on used with German World War
1
> >>planes stand for. Thanks Pete

> >Try  http://www.wwi.models.org/misc/desig.html for a detailed breakdown
on
> >the German designation system, including a note on how 'D' might not mean
> >'doppledekker' after all.

> >And shame on Shane for not mentioning it - forgotten us already ?

> >Dave

> >FROM ADDRESS HAS SPAM TRAP - CLICK REPLY TO EMAIL

 
 
 

German WW1 desiginations

Post by Shane » Tue, 18 Jun 2002 11:54:29


"David Fleming" wrote

Quote:

> And shame on Shane for not mentioning it - forgotten us already ?

Huh. Do I know you?

There was a Fleming bloke who built helicopters.....

Naaaa...

Dunno ya ;-)

Shane