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Designed for an RFC's urgent requirement for a trainer in autumn 1916, the D.H.6 was an angular two-seat biplane, easy to build and maintain. Two prototypes, A5175 and A5176, were built, each with a communal tandem-seat cockpit, and powered by a 90-hp RAF la air-cooled V-engine. The four rectangular wing panels were interchangeable, as were the tailplane halves.

Production of 2950 by several British companies (900 of them by Airco) began in January 1917. Most of these retained the RAF (Royal Aircraft Factory) powerplant, but some utilized a cowled 90-hp Curtiss OX-5 or an 80-hp Renault.




DH6s began to be phased out of the RFC in late 1917 with the arrival of the Avro 504 as the standard British trainer, but about 200 were put into service in early 1918 with 34 flights of the RNAS (five operated by the US Navy) on antisubmarine coastal patrol. Flown as single-seaters, they could carry a 45.5-kg (100-lb) bombload.

About 70 D.H.6s were sent to RFC Home Defence units in 1918.


DH 6


The RAF possessed 1050 of the type in October 1918, and more than 50 were put on to the civil register after the Armistice.


Airco DH.6 of the Royal Flying Corps


Blackburn Alula D.H.6


Engine: 90‑hp RAF la
Wingspan: 10.95 m / 35 ft 11 in
Length: 8.32 m / 27 ft 3.5 in
Height: 3.2 m / 10 ft 9.5 in
Empty weight: 662 kg / 1460 lb
Gross weight: 919 kg / 2026 lb
Maximum speed: 106 km/h / 66 mph
Endurance: 2 hr 30 min
Armament: 1 x .303 Vickers mg (rear cockpit)





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