Albatros DV

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Albatros DV

Albatros DV History
Designed and made by Albatros-Flugzeugwerke during WWI for the Luftstreitkräfte (German air force), the Albatros DV was, at best, an average biplane fighter, resulting in a total production run of approximately only 2,500 aircraft. Based, in part, on the existing older Albatros D.III biplane fighter design and engine, the Albatros DV served from April 1914 until the end of WWI. The DV was flown as a matter of necessity rather than choice, and was destined to be the last "D" series fighter designed, or produced, by Albatros-Flugzeugwerke.

The Albatros DV and the Red Baron
When initially flown in WW1 by Manfred von Richthofen, the infamous "Red Baron", he heavily criticised the new biplane design. Albatros quickly responded by modifying their existing biplane design to create the Albatros DVa, this model was better but still not good enough. As soon as the Fokker D.VII entered service it was found to be far superior. Albatros were instructed to build the rival company's biplane fighter aircraft rather than build or develop their own biplane fighter designs for the remainder of WW1!

Various scale models, model kits and plans of this aircraft have been available in the market place.

Albatros DV Biplane Specifications:

Albatros DV Crew: Pilot only
Albatros DV Length:
7.33 m (24 ft 1 in)
Albatros DV Wingspan:
9.04 m (29 ft 8 in)
Albatros DV Height:
2.70 m (8 ft 10 in)
Albatros DV Empty weight:
687 kg (1,515 lb)
Albatros DV Loaded weight:
937 kg (2,066 lb)
Albatros DV Engine:
Single 134 kW (180 hp) Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine
Albatros DV Maximum speed:
187 (116 mph)
Albatros DV Service ceiling:
3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Albatros DV Range:
200 miles

Albatros DV Biplane Armament:

Twin 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns
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