Aviatik Berg D.I
exhibited at the Vienna Technical Museum
The Aviatik (Berg) DI was the first indigenous fighter aircraft built in Austro-Hungary. Oberingenieur Julius von Berg (hence the name "Berg"), appointed as head designer at the Aviatik company, designed the first prototype late 1916.
Work on the prototype began in August 1916, while the first flight of the Aviatik (Berg) DI prototype, marked 30.14, took place at 16th October 1916 at Aspern, unfortunately killing the test pilot.
Further modifications were made, and three more prototypes of the Aviatik (Berg) DI were manufactured, labeled 30.19 (for tests on the ground), 30.20 (for tests in flight) and 30.21 (as a reserve airframe).
Tests of the modified aircrafts were positive and the first unit to receive the first serial batch of the Aviatik (Berg) DI was Fluggeschwader I (FLG I, later to be renamed to Flik 101G) on the Divacca airfield (Italy)
The Aviatik (Berg) DI was manufactured under license by a numbers of subcontractors.
Aviatik built the 38, 138.238 and 338 series
Lohner built the 115 and 315 series
LLoyd manufactured the 48, 248 and 348 series.
MAG built the 84 and 92 series
Thone & Fiala manufactured the 101 and 201 series
WKF built the 184, 284 and 384 series.
The main differences between the series were the engines (the Aviatik (Berg) used Austro-Daimler engines),structural modifications, gun modifications and radiator modifications.
Until the 31st October 1918 a number of 677 Aviatik (Berg) DI airframes of all batches were handed over to the Austro-Hungarian Airforce.
This particular Aviatik Berg DI (101.37, made by Thone & Fiala) is exhibited at the Vienna Technical Museum, 4th floor, along with some preserved World War One engines. The second surviving Aviatik Berg DI is on display in the USA.
I had the opportunity to visit this museum in november 2005 and eagerly took as many shots as i could.
The Aviatik Berg DI series 101 shows several differences from other series:
-reinforced wing structure (the number of spars on both lower and upper wing doubled)
-reinforced fuselage structure
-cockpit-mounted guns (Schwarzlose M16)
-more powerful engine (Austro-Daimler 200 HP)
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Cockpit views of the Aviatik Berg D.I
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