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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: LVG B.II

LVG B.II
Germany
basic trainer
1917



  • Technical data


Span 14.0 m
Length 9.0 m
Take-off weight 1100 kg
Maximum speed 100 km/h
Ceiling
Range 300 km
Armament
Powerplant :
6-cylinder inline Mercedes D I, 100 hp (74 kW)
Virtual tour :

 

After the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914 in Sarayevo, the First World War started. All the participating countries established their aeronautical services. A few aircraft in service, which were produced in the pioneering era, were equipped neither with attack nor defence armament.

The original of the LVG B.II aircraft was made in 1912 by Franz Schneider. This Swiss engineer, employed earlier at the Nieuport factory, working now for the Luftverkehrsgesellschaft in Berlin (established in 1911), designed a biplane with a liquid cooled engine and a tractor propeller. It was the beginning of the biplane construction line, produced in the years 1912–1914. In the beginning, these aircraft were known as the LVG System Schneider – 1912 prototype. The next constructions of this company were the LVG B, built in the years 1912–1913, the LVG B.I built in the period of 1913–1914, and the LVG B.II, built in 1914. These aircraft were characterised by in-flight stability and a solid build.

The LVG B.II airframe was the first, built in quantities type of LVG. In total, 96 LVG B.II were built: 7 in 1912 and 89 in the next year. All examples were handed over to aeronautical schools. In the initial period of the war, the LVG aircraft played a reconnaissance role with success. Despite its durability they were quickly exchanged from the frontal units for more modern machines. The version known as the B.II, were built not only at the mother works, but also at the Schütte-Lanz and at the Otto works in Munich. By the end of 1917, the LVG B.III version appeared.

In Poland, after regaining independence, there was only one of the type: the No.47 LVG B.II. The aircraft landed on 19 June 1919 in the nearby of Rogoźno. The damaged airframe was sent to the rear and was not repaired.

The aircraft on display, the 350/17 came from the 1917 series. Produced at the Schütte-Lanz Luftfahrtzeugbau works, it was saved along with the wings, belonged probably to the 1914 B.II version. It is the only saved airframe of this type in the world. During the last restoration works, the inner construction of the fuselage was integrated, the plywood font part completed along with the rudder and the elevator.

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