Series of twin-boom reconnaissance biplanes, each armed with one machine-gun in the nose. C.I and C.II land-planes had a four-wheel landing gear under the central crew nacelle and a tailskid under each boom. Power was provided by a 160hp Mercedes D.III and 150hp Benz III or 220hp Benz Bz.IV pusher engine respectively. The similarly powered C.I-W (one built) and C.II-W (two built) twin-float seaplane versions were operated by the German Navy in a coastal reconnaissance and defence role. C.Is and C.IIs became operational over the Western Front in the latter half of 1915.
| ENGINE||1 x 220hp Benz Bz.IV 6-cylinder inline engine|
| Take-off weight||1946 kg||4290 lb|
| Empty weight||1360 kg||2998 lb|
| Wingspan||14.50 m||48 ft 7 in|
| Length||9.84 m||32 ft 3 in|
| Height||3.18 m||10 ft 5 in|
| Max. speed||135 km/h||84 mph|
| Ceiling||4500 m||14750 ft|
| Range||580 km||360 miles|
| ARMAMENT||one machine-gun, bombs|
|Uwe Solbach, 27.01.2015|
my grandfather died in an AGO C II plane on May 3rd 1916.
He crashed from a height of 100 meters while testing the
plane on air base Berlin-Johannisthal.
My grandfather was chief pilot for AGO plane manufactory.
He got his licence on April 8th,1914 on a Jeannin single
decker. Accdg. to experts the AGO C II was very difficult
|Terrence Murphy, 25.02.2014|
The only confusion I have is that I've seen pictures of these aircraft with and without nosewheels. So I'm not really sure if I'm looking a C.I, II, or III?
And to think I though TWIN BOOM Designs were a 1930s invention. It kind of reminds me of the recon aircraft we used in VIETNAM---the little twin boom one? OEM 01 Bronco?
The C.11 would have been awesome in a ground attack role, the twin booms providing better stability and I would assume they would absorb ground fire better. I'm suprised they got rid of it as soon as they did (only one year operation). I never seen one before until now!!!
It's a very interesting airplane.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?