Albatros C.III

After the prototype of the Albatros C.II was not produced, the company developed the Albatros C.III a very good in its properties aircraft, which was one of the best German aircraft of the First World War and became the most built 2-seater of the company.


Development and construction:

The construction of the C.III was mainly based on the C.I. The two most striking technical changes were the reduced distance between the two wings and their rounding and the installation of a synchronized Spandau machine gun next to the engine, which also allowed the pilot to shoot.

Due to the additional machine gun, these types of aircraft were called, among other things as a hunting reconnaissance aircraft rather than armed reconnaissance aircraft, as they now even carry out attack on enemy aircraft and could not only defend.


Albatros C.III




Use in the First World War:

At the end of 1916, the first C.III aircraft were introduced on the western front, replacing the predecessor model C.I.

The aircraft proved to be very good, as they maintained the good flight characteristics of the B.II and C.I and were sufficiently armored and armed. There was also a bomb bay between the pilot and the observer mounted, which, albeit very inaccurate, made bombing possible.




Technical specifications:

Designation: Albatros C.III
Country: German Empire
Typ: Armed reconnaissance aircraft
(Hunting reconnaissance aircraft)
Length: 8 meters
Span: 11,69 meters
Height: 3,1 meters
Mass: 851kg empty
Crew: Max. 2
Engine: a line engine Benz Bz III (150 PS/112 kW) or
Mercedes D III (160 PS/119 kW)
Maximum speed: 140 km/h
Reach: unknown
Armament: 2 machine guns 7,92 mm, 70 Kg bombs






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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

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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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