It was a single-seat all-metal stressed skin monocoque cantilever-wing biplane fighter,
The Dornier Do H Falke was developed from it, but had an enlarged upper wing and dispensed with the lower wing.
An order was placed for 50 aircraft either in October or November. The airframes for this order were roughly 50 percent complete when production was halted due to the end of World War I.
One of the prototypes was shipped to the Wright Aeronautical Company, who fitted it with a licence-built Wright-Hisso H-3 engine. It was evaluated by the United States Navy with the designation Wright WP-1. It performed well, but the Navy considered the monoplane fighter too advanced for its needs.