Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.
Italian historian Paolo Varriale has taken a new look at the Aviatik’s (Berg) D.I service in WWI.
A single seat fighter designed by Julius von Berg, the Aviatik D.I first flew October 16, 1916, unfortunately killing the test pilot. Approximately 677 airframes were built, and that constituted nearly 43% of the fighters accepted by the Austro-Hungarian Army Air Service. The Aviatik (Berg) D.I was light and fast, but suffered from poor manufacturing quality leading to an adverse reputation for shedding wings.
Peter M Gross’ Datafile number 45 has been long out of print, so it is about time that Windsock revisited Aviatik’s (Berg) D.I. The cover features a Roberto Zanella painting of Oblerleutnant Bela Macourek ‘s Aviatik (Berg) D.I. shooting down a DH4 on the Albanian coastline. Ronny Bar contributes nine large color side profiles, including 338.95, featuring a smartly dressed lady smiling on the side of a late production Aviatik D.I. I counted 84 photographs (including four in colour) and two tables.