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DH2 Description and Specifications

de Havilland DH2 5998
Captain John O Andrews
OC, A Flight
No. 24 Sqn RFC
December 1917
DH2 Datafile #48: 13
Image: © R. N. Pearson

de Havilland DH2 5998

The D.H.2 biplane was Geoffrey de Havilland’s second design for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company. This highly successful pusher had good maneuverability with an excellent rate of climb. Mounting the engine to the rear of the fuselage permitted the use of a fixed, forward-firing machine gun before the advent of the synchronous machine gun. Superior to the Fokker E.III, the D.H.2 helped end the “Fokker Scourge.” Well past its prime and almost two years after its introduction, some squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps were still equipped with D.H.2s.

Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Aircraft Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
Type: Fighter
First Service: 1916
Number Built: 400
Engine(s): Gnome Monosoupape, 9 cylinder, air cooled rotary, 100 hp
Wing Span: 28 ft 3 in
Length: 25 ft 2½ in
Height: 9 ft 6½ in
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 1,441 lb
Max Speed: 93 mph
Ceiling: 14,000 ft
Endurance: 2.75 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 machine gun

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