Albatros B.I

The Albatros B.I was the first military aircraft built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke for the German Air Force and served as reconnaissance aircraft in the First World War.



Development and construction:

The Albatros aircraft factory began in 1910 with the license replica of the French aircraft of the type Antoinette monoplane and Farman III biplane. From these aircraft developed in 1913, the first civilian version under the name L-1, which was renamed with the outbreak of the First World War in B.I.

In addition to the reconnaissance version for the army, a seaplane version was also built, which was named WDD (W-1).

For the Air Forces of Austria-Hungary, the Phoenix aircraft factory under license also built these aircraft.


Albatros B.I


Albatros B.I at the airfield Stanislau


Albatros B.I with mounted machine gun




Use in the First World War:

During the First World War, the aircraft were used for reconnaissance. Some of these were equipped with a machine gun that the observer could use.

However, since the aircraft were very slowly and poorly armored, they were only used until the year 1915 and then withdrawn from the front.

In Austria-Hungary they remained until the end of the war still as training aircraft.




Technical specifications:

Designation: Albatros B.I
Country: German Empire
Typ: Reconnaissance plane
Length: 8,55 meters
Span: 14,3 meters
Height: 3,5 meters
Mass: 600kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: Water-cooled 6-cylinder inline engine Mercedes, 105PS starting power
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Reach: 650 kilometers
Armament: 1 machine gun






You can find the right literature here:


Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces)

Fokker Dr I Aces of World War 1 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2001

Undoubtedly the most famous fighter type to see service on either side during World War 1, the Fokker Dr I was a revelation when it entered service on the western front in 1917. Manfred von Richthofen’s JG 1 ‘circus’ was the first Jasta to completely re-equip with the new fighter, and in the skilled hands of its numerous aces the Dr I proved a formidable opponent. The Dr I remained in service on the Western Front until replaced by the superior Fokker D VII in May 1918. Just weeks prior to that, however, Germany’s leading ace, the great ‘Red Baron’, had been killed at the controls of a Dr I.

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Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21)

Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes (Great War Aviation) (Volume 21) Paperback – February 16, 2016

This book describes and illustrates the development of Friedrichshafen aircraft of WWI with text, 540 photos, 18 in color, 37 color profiles, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. In addition, there are 26 official SVK drawings and 11 aircraft are illustrated in scale drawings to 1/48 (4) or 1/72 (7) scales. The book has 312 pages and is of interest to aviation historians, enthusiasts, and modelers alike.

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German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918

German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Manufacturers 1908-1918 Paperback – December 15, 2010

Much has been written about the British aircraft of the First World War, but little has surfaced about the aircraft of the Axis powers, Germany and Austria. Here, Terry C. Treadwell tells the story of the aircraft from companies such as Fokker, builder of the famous triplane, as fl own by Baron von Richthofen's Flying Circus, AEG, Albatros, Junkers and Hansa. From reconnaissance aircraft to state-of-the-art bombers that could reach London, this is the definitive guide to aircraft of the Axis powers during the First World War. The aircraft are explained in detail and a history of each company is provided, making this an excellent source book for aircraft enthusiasts, model makers and those interested in the air war over the trenches of France and Belgium, as well as further afield in the Italian campaign.

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The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division

The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division Hardcover – January 9, 1997

The standard reference now revised and expanded. Dr. Robinson has opened up his vast photo archives to enhance this new edition of his classic work. Much of the new photographic material is published here for the first time.

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