De Havilland (Airco) D.H.3
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De Havilland (Airco) D.H.3

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De Havilland (Airco) D.H.3A three-view drawing (700 x 705)

 ENGINE2 x 120hp Beardmore 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line engines
    Take-off weight2638 kg5816 lb
    Empty weight1807 kg3984 lb
    Wingspan18.54 m61 ft 10 in
    Length11.23 m37 ft 10 in
    Height4.42 m15 ft 6 in
    Wing area73.67 m2792.98 sq ft
    Max. speed153 km/h95 mph
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 300kg of bombs

De Havilland (Airco) D.H.3

Terrence I. Murphy, 09.02.2012

The Airco D.H.3, Capt. Geoffrey de Havilland's third design for the Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd., which appeared in 1916, was a large two bay biplane capable of bombing German industrial centers. Contrasting in every way with his previous small pusher fighters, but owing something to the Royal Aircraft Factory's F.E.4, in the early design of which Capt. De Havilland had collaborated, the D.H.3 was equipped with two 120 h.p. Beardmore water-cooled engines in nacelles between the mainplanes. The long, slender, wire braced Warren girder fuselage was built of spruce, covered with plywood at the forward end and carried low to the ground on a wide track, short legged undercarriage. A pair of bumper wheels was provided under the nose. The four bladed, nine foot diameter pusher airscrews were carried clear of the mainplane trailing edges by short extension shafts and the D.H.3 was also the first aeroplane to feature the graceful curving rudder which was to become characteristic of almost every future de Havilland design.

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