The Anatra DS was an improved version of the Anatra D and had a more powerful Salmson engine. The plane was called "Anasal," short for "Anatra Salmson." The Salmson engine was one of the few water cooled rotary engines used in the First World War.
The Anatra DS was a two seat reconnaissance aircraft with a ring mounted gun in the rear cockpit for the observer and a fixed synchronized machine gun for the pilot. Improvements were made after initial tests, making the Anasal a stable aircraft with good speed and responsive flying characteristics.
When Odessa fell to the Austria-Hungary in 1918, the Anatra factory was captured and production continued. More than 100 planes were manufactured under the Austro-Hungarian designation "Anatra C.I" and were used for training and reconnaissance. This plane carries Austro-Hungarian markings painted over the Russian roundels.
|Country of Manufacture||Russia|
|First Year of Service||1917|
|Wing Span||37.5 ft | 11.4 m|
|Length||26.5 ft | 8.1 m|
|Height||10.5 ft | 3.2 m|
|Weight||2566 lbs | 1164 kg|
|Engine||Salmson 9 cylinder liquid-cooled rotary engine, 150hp|
|Top Speed||89.5 mph | 144 km/h|
|Range||265 miles | 430 km|
|Armament||2 Vickers .303 machine guns|