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Model Military Number Name
1913 D.III    
1942 DB 605    
Daimler Motorenwerke built its first aero-engine in 1910, a water-cooled in-line four.  Subsequent development was marketed under the Mercedes brand.  Mercedes and Austro-Daimler established the in-line six as practically the standard aircraft engine for the Central Powers during World War I.

Aero work ceased after 1918 until 1926 when Daimler-Benz was formed by the merger of Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft  and Benz & Cie.  The new company quickly entered the liquid-cooled V-12 market with the F2 in 1927.

The famous Daimler-Benz inverted-vee V-12 engines had their start with the DB 600 of 1934.  Direct fuel injection was introduced with the DB 601 which gave the Luftwaffe an edge over the RAF during the Battle of Britain...the DB 601 was unaffected by negative g's.

By 1944, Daimler-Benz engines were so important to the Luftwaffe that it ran 8 major factories with 6 more being run by other organizations.

Daimler-Benz was rebuilt after World War II focusing on the automotive market.  

1985: The company re-enters the aerospace market with the acquisition of Dornier.

1989: Daimler-Benz acquires Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB)Deutsche Aerospace (DASA) is formed to manage the aerospace activities of Daimler-Benz (Dornier and MBB).

1998: Daimler-Benz Aerospace changes its name to Daimler Chrysler Aerospace.

1999/2000: Daimler Chrysler Aerospace joins with Aerospatiale Matra and CASA to form the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS).


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