Albatros D.V

At the beginning of 1917, the Germans on the western front earned a few months to seek air superiority for themselves. After the Allied case that the Luftwaffe the Albatros D.V. which, however, fell short of the pilots' expectations.


Development and construction:

With the Sopwith Camel, the S.E.5 and the SPAD S.XIII, the Allies were able to deploy aircraft on the western front in the middle of 1917, which were equal to, if not superior to, the German Albatros D.III. In order to relocate the balance of power in favor of the Germans, the military leadership demanded a plane that could again start on the success of the Albatros D.III.

The company Albatros Flugzeugwerke GmbH had already built a prototype with the Albatros D.IV for the use of a stronger engine and some modifications. However, since this aircraft was for test purposes only, the Albatros D.V was introduced.

The changes to the design were mainly due to the shape of the fuselage, which was slightly more oval than the Albatros D.III. In addition, the water cooler was no longer installed in the middle of the upper wing but placed slightly to the side so that the water could not scald the pilot in a hit. Also the side control and the aileron have been adjusted slightly to improve the flight characteristics.

The first series was equipped with a 170 hp Mercedes D III engine, in the second series of the slightly stronger 185 hp Mercedes D IIIa was installed.

As in the Albatros D.III, the Albatros D.V also had major problems with the rigidity of the lower wing. Due to the stronger engine and the higher weight of these defects was even heavier than the D.III. Also, the overall performance increase was minimal, especially since the Allied aircraft now also mostly two machine guns with them. This did not lead to the desired effect of air sovereignty despite the high number of units.


Albatros D.V


Albatros D.V


Albatros D.V




Use in the First World War:

From July 1917, the first Albatros D.V aircraft were deployed on the Western Front. The known deficiencies with the lower wing were in most cases not corrected by the pilots themselves by improvised wearers, but at least reduced.

Also, a stop of production was suggested, but this would have led to supply difficulties at the front and was thus rejected, with which the aircraft remained in service until the end of the war.


An Albatros D.V captured by British soldiers


Albatros D.V planes of the fighter squadron 5

Albatros D.V planes of the fighter squadron 5




Technical specifications:

Designation: Albatros D.V
Country: German Empire
Typ: Fighter plane
Length: 7,33 meters
Span: 9,05 meters
Height: 2,70 meters
Mass: 717kg empty
Crew: Max. 1
Engine: Water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engine Mercedes D III
with 170 hp
Maximum speed: 180 km/h
Reach: 380 kilometers
Armament: 2 x synchronized machine guns 7,92 mm LMG 08/15






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