Carl Benz, founded the Benz & Cie. firm of Mannheim, Germany, which built the first practical automobile with an internal combustion engine about 1885, and became famous world-wide for its automobiles. The first Benz aircraft engine, manufactured in 1908, was a four-cylinder, water-cooled, in-line type installed on an airship.
This artifact is representative of the most important Benz aircraft engine built during World war I. Nearly 6,500 were constructed between 1914 and 1918. It powered various German reconnaissance and infantry patrol aircraft. Among the specific applications were the: Ago CIV and CVII; A.E.G. JI and JII; Albatross J I and C VII; Aviatik G 1; D.F.W. C V; Halberstadt C V.
Found in collection
Weight: 385 kg (848 lb)