The Aviatik C.I was an observation aircraft which came into service during World War I in April 1915. It was the successor to the Aviatik B.I and B.II models. In the C.I the observer sat in front of the pilot, with two machine-guns, mounted on rails on each side of the observer's cockpit, which gave the crew the means to attack enemy aircraft.
The positions of the pilot and observer were reversed in the C.Ia version. Later models of the plane included the Aviatik C.II and the C.III, which had more powerful engines.
The C.III was produced in large numbers.
This model was powered by a 149 kW (200 hp) Benz Bz.IV engine. it was not produced in quantity.
The C.III was a 1916 refinement which was operated until 1917.
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Length: 7.925 m
Wingspan: 12.5 m
Height: 2.95 m
Wing area: 43 m2
Empty weight: 750 kg
Loaded weight: 1,340 kg
Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D III 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line, 119 kW (160 hp)
Maximum speed: 142 km/h
Service ceiling: 3,500 m
Wing loading: 31.2 kg/m2
Power/mass: 0.089 kW/kg
Endurance: 3 hours
Climb: to 1,000 m 12 min
Guns: 2 machine guns in forward cockpit