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Aviatik Berg 30.40 Omega Models

Aviatik Berg 30.40 Omega Models

The Aviatik D.I, also identified as Berg D.I or Aviatik (Berg) D.I, was a single-seat biplane fighter developed by the Austro-Hungarian company Österreichisch-Ungarische Flugzeugfabrik Aviatik GmbH and produced, as well as by the same, by some Austro-Hungarian aeronautical companies in the 1910s.

It entered production in 1917 and managed to be used by K.u.k. Luftfahrtruppen, the military air force of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, only in the final stages of the First World War.

During the early stages of the First World War, the mechanical industry progressed rapidly in the development of components submitted to the Imperial German military authorities. However, it was not so fast in its Austro-Hungarian ally, which preferred to rely on licensed production instead of developing nationally designed models. However, some companies, having acquired sufficient experience, decided to develop some derivative models which introduced structural differences such as to be considered new models.

The Österreichisch-Ungarische Flugzeugfabrik Aviatik (Ö-UF Aviatik), a branch that the Imperial German Automobil und Aviatik had opened in Vienna since 1914, entrusted the development of a new fighter aircraft to its chief designer Julius von Berg.

The news that Berg had already started the design of two completely new aircraft reached Colonel Emil Uzelac, at that time commander of the air service of the Austro-Hungarian army, who, having to deal with constant shortages of means, urged the engineer by decreeing that the development of the two models was to receive the highest priority.

Presented in June 1916 to the attention of the Fliegerarsenal, it however received a refusal together with the advice to base itself on a model already developed by the parent company, the Aviatik D.II. Despite the negative outcome, Berg continued with his aim by further modifying the original project in the two-seater armed recognition aircraft Aviatik (Berg) C.I and in the single-seat fighter D.I, obtaining for the latter a supply order issued in the following September for 100 examples, of including three prototypes and four (later seven) pre-series examples equipped with a 185 HP (138 kW) Austro-Daimler engine.