By Paolo Varriale, Harry Dempsey
Austro-Hungarian produced a sequence of negative fighter kinds corresponding to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I in the course of the early phases of the conflict, and it was once now not until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to succeed in Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in could 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. additionally they displayed stronger pace, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. The cautious cross-checking of Allied resources with Austrian and German files shape the foundation for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the major aces. it's going to additionally chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with additional info approximately their own history and their post-war lives within the international locations born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire.