Phonix C.1

Published: February 27th, 2012     
Author: Paolo Varriale
Reviewed by: 
Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.
ISBN #: 978-1-906798-18-5
Other Publication Information: Softcover, 8 ¼ x 11 ½ in, 32 pages plus covers, 1/72 & 1/48 scale drawings, cover has four pages of color drawings and photos
Price: $17.50
Product / Stock #: Windsock Datafile No. 150


The Austro-Hungarian Phönix C.1 two-seat biplane was one of the lesser-known aircraft of World War I, primarily because it was so late in getting into unit service. Designed and produced by the Phönix organization, the prototype first flew in June, 1917, but production models didn’t enter service until March, 1918.  The C.1 was a compact two-seater powered by a six cylinder Kiero 230 hp. water cooled engine, and was armed with two machine guns, one firing forward and one in a flexible mount in the rear cockpit. The airplane was fast, although a few of them were shot down by their main adversaries, the Italians. Fewer than 100 were delivered up to the Armistice in 1918. Postwar, the aircraft was ordered by the Swedes and, although 41 were ordered, only 26 were actually built and delivered. The plane served mainly as an advanced trainer throughout the twenties, some lasting until 1935. Later Swedish C.1s were powered by Hispano engines. In addit