Lloyd C.V serie 46Art.No.: 100-SH72119 Product number: 8595019312548
|Era||Word War I|
Category C aircraft, i.e. two-seater, armed, spotter planes were frequently used by both the German and the Austro-Hungarian air forces. In addition to the extremely popular Hansa Brandenburg planes, Lloyd C.V. spotter planes were used by the Austro-Hungarian air forces for spotting and controlling gunfire. Construction commenced in the first half of 1916. The design of the new Lloyd was remarkable; especially their wings, which were covered with a 1.2 mm thick veneer and had excellent aerodynamic characteristics. The production of these wings was however incredibly demanding and despite varnishing them to a high gloss, the first Lloyd planes were plagued by moisture condensing inside the wings and their subsequent warping. These unpredictable problems resulted in delays in the planned deliveries. The first 46 planes were only delivered in July 1917, others followed in August and September. In addition, 28 of a total of 48 planes were manufactured without engines because at that time priority was given to the Aviatik C.I plane, which was equipped with the same Daimler engine that produced 185 bhp. The first Lloyd C.V. series 46 planes started to appear in air squadrons on the eastern front in Halič in September 1917. The introductory flights ran into troubles and complaints from the pilots about the non-standard control instruments, which were then replaced by standard ones (steering-wheel control, etc.) in November 1917. Subsequently, Lloyds proved to be robustly designed planes with good manoeuvrability. Throughout their operational life they faced longitudinal stability problems. This was an obstruction especially for their involvement in the Italian campaign because they often had to operate from field airstrips located in mountain valleys. According to certain sources they were also used on the western front but were hampered by their short flight radius. At the height of their operational use 12 troops (Flik) of the Austro-Hungarian air forces were equipped with Lloyds. Some planes had a "small coffin" with a machine gun on the upper wing while others only had a cylindrical tank there. Eventually when the planes were found unsuitable for the front line because of their insufficient power they continued to be used for training pilots. After the war several Lloyds C.Vs were used by the Polish air forces and they operated in the fights against the Ukraine.
Technical specifications: wing span 11.19 m, length 7.22 m, height 3 m, max. speed 165 km/h, time of ascent to an altitude of 4,600 m - 40 min., armament and equipment: 1 or 2 Schwarzlose M7/12 or M16 machine guns, a camera and a wireless installed in the fuselage behind the spotter's seat, the plane could have carried up to 50 kg of bombs.
During combat on October 4, 1917 the crew of pilot Feldwebel A. Wiltsch and observer Oberleutnant R. Schmidt shot down one of three Russian aircraft, which attacked their Lloyd.
Later, this machine served as a trainer assigned to the Flek 1 and as a signal aircraft with Fliegerzug 1.
This machine originally flew equipped with armament, later on it was equipped with external fuel tank and the observer's machine gun was demounted, too.