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Warbird Picture - Junkers J 9 modern reproduction,
in Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin Gatow.

Junkers D.I Aircraft Information

Junkers D.I

J 7 and J 9 (D.I)

Warbird Picture - Junkers J 9 modern reproduction,
in Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin Gatow.

Picture - Junkers J 9 modern reproduction, in Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin Gatow.

Role: Fighter
National origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Junkers
First flight: 17 September 1917
Primaryuser: Imperial German Navy
Number built: 41

The Junkers D.I (factory designation J 9) was a fighter aircraft produced in Germany late in World War I, significant for becoming the first all-metal fighter to enter service. The prototype, a private venture by Junkers designated the J 7, first flew on 17 September 1917. Demonstrated to the Idflieg early the following year, it proved impressive enough to result in an order for three additional aircraft for trials. However, the changes made by Junkers were significant enough for the firm to redesignate the next example the J 9, which was supplied to the Idflieg instead of the three J 7s ordered.

During tests, the J 9 was felt to lack the maneuverability necessary for a front-line fighter, but was judged fit for a naval fighter, and a batch of 12 was ordered. These were to have been supplied to a naval unit by September 1918, but instead equipped the same unit redeployed to the Eastern Front after the Armistice. One survives in a French Museum.

Specifications

Data from Holmes, 2005. p 32

General characteristics

Crew: One pilot
Length: 7.25 m (23 ft 9.4 in)
Wingspan: 9.00 m (29 ft 6.3 in)
Height: 2.60 m (8 ft 6 in)
Empty weight: 654 kg (1,438 lb)
Gross weight: 834 kg (1,834 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x BMW IIIa water cooled 6 cylinder inline, 138 kW (185 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph)
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,700 ft)
Rate of climb: 3.5 m/s (683 ft/min)

Armament

2 x fixed, forward-firing machine guns

Grosz, Peter; Terry, Gerard (1984). "The Way to the World's First All-Metal Fighter". Air Enthusiast 25 (August - November 1984): Pages 60-76. ISSN 0143-5450.
Holmes, Tony (2005). Jane's Vintage Aircraft Recognition Guide. London: Harper Collins. ISBN0 0071 9292 4.
Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp.536.
World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp.File 898 Sheet 1.

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