This unusual looking aircraft was one of the first successful fighters for the Entente Powers in World War I. The rear engine "pusher" style provided an unobstructed view for the pilot and allowed a forward facing machine gun to be mounted in the years before synchronous guns had been developed.
The configuration of the plane provided high maneuverability and a good rate of climb. The D.H.2 was able to outperform the Fokker E.III and helped bring an end to the "Fokker Scourge".
This plane carries the markings of the Royal Flying Corps No. 32 Squadron.
|Country of Manufacture||Great Britain|
|First Year of Service||1915|
|Wing Span||28.2 ft | 8.6 m|
|Length||25.2 ft | 7.7 m|
|Height||9.5 ft | 2.9 m|
|Weight||1441 lbs | 654 kg|
|Engine||Gnôme Monosoupape, 9 cylinder, air cooled rotary engine, 100 hp|
|Top Speed||93 mph | 150km/h|
|Range||155 miles | 250 km|
|Armament||1 machine gun|