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Aviatik

Zentral-Aviatik Und Automobil Gmbh
Oesterreichische-Ungarische Flugzeugfabrik Aviatik

 

Automobil and Aviatik AG. was founded at Mülhausen (today in France) in 1910 by the Alsatian Georges Chatel, relocating to Freiburg in 1914 and to Leipzig in 1916. An Aviatik biplane crashed as early as June that year, but company named Aviatik in 1911. Automobil und Aviatik AG established a subsidiary in Vienna as Österreichisch-Ungarische Flugzeugfabrik Aviatik.
 
The Austro-Hungarian subsidiary also produced a number of its own designs, including fighters such as the D.I.
 
Made French Farman biplanes and Hanriot monoplanes, but developed original types also. From 1912, the factory started building its own successful biplanes, designed by Robert Wild. On outbreak of war in 1914 transferred works from Mulhausen, Alsace, to Freiburgim-Breisgau. Developed B.I reconnaissance aircraft from earlier Pi 5. Although unarmed, B I was used operationally. C.I-C.III series (1915 onwards) were armed, and reversed earlier pilot-at-back arrangement. C.III used for bombing also. Company also made a few twin-engined Gotha bombers before working on larger R types.
 
Designed postwar civil aircraft, but activities ceased 1919 under the Treaty of Versailles, and a new company formed to take over the concern, which went into liquidation.

 

 

 


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