No. 8552. Germania B.I German Army Air Service
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 3911

Germania B.I

01/31/2009. Remarks by Kees Kort: "Germania was a small company that originated as Rathjens & Co in 1912, which rented a shed in Johannisthal, Germany in 1914. In December 1914, Rathjens moved to Leipzig, where it was established in the Luftschiffhalle in Leipzig-Mockau, a year later the company was renamed Germania Flugzeugwerke. During WW I it produced a considerable number of unsuccessful aircraft types, under license it produced the Rumpler C.I and C.Ia, while repairs where an importance source of income as well.

The aircraft emerged in 1915 and was used solely as a trainer, fitted with an 120 hp Argus As II six-cylinder water-cooled in-line engine. The exhaust was a giant pipe that stretched backwards over the top wing, and was named Rhinozeros-Horn by the Germans."

Created January 31, 2009