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The Albatros D.II was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. After a successful combat career in 

Albatros D.II
Albatros D.II
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Designer Robert Thelen
Introduction 1916
Primary users Luftstreitkräfte

Luftfahrtruppen

Number built 291
Variants Albatros D.III

the early Jagdstaffeln, it was gradually superseded by the Albatros D.III.

Design and Development Edit

Operational history Edit

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A captured Albatros D.II

Operators Edit

Austria-Hungary
  • Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Aviation Troops
German Empire
  • Luftstreitkräfte
Poland
  • Polish Air Force operated this type postwar.
Turkey
  • Ottoman Air Force

Specifications (D.II) Edit

General characteristics

  • Crew: one (pilot)
  • Length: 7.40 m (23 ft 3.5 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.50 m (27 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 2.59 m (8 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 24.5 m² (264 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 637 kg (1,404 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 888 kg (1,958 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder inline engine, 120 kW (160 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 175 km/h (95 kn, 110 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 5,180 m (16,990 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3 m/s (596 ft/min)
  • Endurance: 1.5 hours

Armament

  • 2 × forward-firing synchronized 7.92 mm (.312 in) lMG 08 (early) or LMG 08/15 (later) machine guns

References Edit

Bibliography
  • Cheesman, E.F. (1960). Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications.
  • Hofling, Rudolf (2002). Albatross D-II Germany's Legendary World War I Fighter. Schiffer Publications, Ltd.
  • Munson, Kenneth (1968). Fighters, Attack and Training Aircraft of the 1914-1919 War. Blandford Press.
  • Taylor, John W.R. (1969). Combat Aircraft of the World from 1909 to the Present. Putnam.
  • Grey & Thetford (1962–70). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). Putnam & Company.

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