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Airco DH4 - 2 pack

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Airco DH4 - 2 pack

Although best known in its role as a bomber, the Airco DH4 was intended to be a general purpose airplane and was used for recon and ground support as well. Early versions were powered by a 250hp Eagle engine. Later versions were powered with a 375hp Eagle engine, which made them very effective bombers. The biggest problem with the DH4 was the gas tank placed between the pilot and gunner, which made communication between the two almost impossible.


I have uploaded two versions of the DH4 - Ojcar has created two FMs for the plane, one with the early 250hp engine, and one with the later 375hp engine.


Both planes have two skins, a brown and an olive color. Both use the letter decals that come with First Eagles (which you can set in the loadout screen) and a set of serial numbers which will be applied randomly. There are also loadouts for light, medium, and heavy bomb loads. The skins, decals, and loadouts are interchangeable for the two planes.


The skins are rather generic, I have included my skinning templates for those who wish to make better skins.




My thanks to Ojcar for once again making two excellent data files for the DH4.

My thanks also to Sinbad for providing a great deal of resource information for this plane.



Installation Instructions

The two versions can be installed separately or both together.


For FE1 - Unzip the file and move the folders named "AircoDH4_250" and "AircoDH4_375" into the FirstEagles/Objects/Airplanes folder.


For FE2 - Unzip the file and move the folders named "AircoDH4_250" and "AircoDH4_375" into the FirstEagles/Objects/Airplanes folder. Then in the FirstEagles/Objects/Decals folder, create new folders named "AircoDH4_250" and "AircoDH4_375". Move the folders named "D" from the Airplanes/AircoDH4 folders into the corresponding Decals/AircoDH4 folder you just made.


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nice mate. thx for this and the "9" Any chance on doing some American dh-4's. was browsing the wiki and it had some info as they used them as well. Some chanegs to the engine and armamaents. see here:


United States military service


At the time of its entry into the war, the United States Army Air Service lacked any aircraft suitable for front line combat. They therefore procured various aircraft from the British and French, one being the DH.4. As the DH-4, it was manufactured mostly by Dayton-Wright and Fisher Body for service with the United States from 1918, the first American built DH-4 being delivered to France in May 1918, with combat operations commencing in August 1918.[20] The powerplant was a Liberty L-12 of 400 hp (300 kW) and it was fitted with two .30 in (7.62 mm) Marlin machine guns in the nose and two .30 in (7.62 mm) Lewis guns in the rear and could carry 322 lb (146 kg) of bombs. it could also be equipped with various radios like the SCR-68 for artillery spotting missions. The heavier engine reduced performance a little compared with the Rolls-Royce powered version, but as the "Liberty Plane" it became the Americans' standard general purpose two-seater, and on the whole was fairly popular with its crews.


A formation of DH-4s in flight.


Aircrew operating the DH-4 were awarded four of the six Medals of Honor awarded to American aviators, with First Lieutenant Harold Ernest Goettler and Second Lieutenant Erwin R. Bleckley receiving posthumous awards after being killed on 12 October 1918 attempting to drop supplies to the Lost Battalion of the 77th Division, cut off by German troops during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive,[20] while Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot and Gunnery Sergeant Robert G. Robinson of the US Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for beating off attacks from 12 German fighters during a bombing raid over Belgium on 8 October 1918.[21][22] The type flew with 13 U.S. squadrons by the end of 1918.[23]


Following the end of the First World War, America had a large surplus of DH-4s, with the improved DH-4B becoming available, although none had been shipped to France. It was therefore decided that there was no point in returning aircraft across the Atlantic, so those remaining in France, together with other obsolete observation and trainer aircraft were burned in what became known as the "Billion Dollar Bonfire".[24] With limited funds available to develop and purchase replacements, the remaining DH-4s formed a major part of American air strength for several years, using them for many roles, with as many as 60 variants produced.[25] DH-4s were also widely used for experimental flying, being used as engine testbeds and fitted with new wings. They were used for the first trials of air-to-air refueling on 25 June 1923, and carried out an endurance flight of 37 hours, 15 minutes on 27–28 August, being refueled 16 times and setting 16 new world records for distance, speed and duration.[26] The DH-4 remained in service with the United States Army until 1932.[27]


DH-4s were also used by the United States Navy and Marine Corps, both during the First World War and postwar. The Navy and Marines received 51 DH-4s during the First World War, followed by 172 DH-4B and DH-4B-1 aircraft postwar and 30 DH-4M-1s with welded steel-tube fuselages (redesignated O2B) in 1925.[28] They remained in service with the Marines until 1929, being used against rebel factions in Nicaragua in 1927, carrying out the first dive-bombing attacks made by U.S. military forces.[28] The U.S. Navy converted some DH-4M-1s into primitive air ambulances which could carry one stretcher causality in an enclosed area behind the pilot.[29]




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