Albatros G.I and successor aircraft

The Albatros G.I was developed by the Albatros Flugzeugwerke 1916 prototype of a bomber, which was equipped with 4 engines. Because of insufficient performance, both the G.I and the G.II were not further built, only from the G.III there was a larger number.

 

Development and construction:

Shortly after the beginning of the First World War, it became apparent that the Zeppelins used by the Germans could no longer take on the task of tactical bombardment. These were simply too slow, cumbersome and easy targets for the enemy air defense and aircraft. Even frequent accidents led to a high loss of Zeppelin, which led to the end of 1914, the German army command to the aircraft manufacturers, the order to develop a moderately heavy bomber, which could carry a bomb load of 250 to 300 kg and faster than Zeppelins was.

The company Albatros Flugzeugwerke began in 1916 under the direction of engineer Grohmann with the development of a medium heavy bomber. Since the engines were almost exclusively 150 hp at this time, a total of four were installed to bring the high weight in motion. Since the performance of this bomber was completely inadequate, no other aircraft were built except for this one prototype.

 

Also under the direction of engineer Grohmann was worked shortly after the G.I on a successor plane. This Albatros G.II had externally strong similarity with the G.I, but was much smaller and there were only two engines of the type Benz Bz III installed with 150 hp, which were no longer used as a train but as pressure motors. A total of six pieces were built by this aircraft, which were used exclusively for testing and were not delivered to the front.

 

Only with the Albatros G.III and the now significantly stronger Benz Bz IV with 220 HP each, the company developed and produced a ready-to-use bomber. Also with this model the engines were installed as pressure engines.

 

 

 

Use in the First World War:

Neither the Albatros G.I nor the G.II were used at the front.

Only a few of the few Albatros G.III bombers built were used, these flying only in Macedonia. In the second half of 1917, however, these were also withdrawn from the front and no longer used.

 

 

 

Technical specifications:

Designation: Albatros G.I
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 12 meters
Span: 27,3 meters
Height: 4,2 meters
Mass: 3.452kg empty
Crew: Max. 3
Engine: four water-cooled six-cylinder in-line engines Benz Bz III with each 150 hp
Maximum speed: unknown
Reach: unknown
Armament: 1 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine gun and up to 300 kg bombs

 

Albatros G.I

 

 

 

Designation: Albatros G.II
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 11,91 meters
Span: 17,02 meters
Height: 4,2 meters
Mass: ca. 2000kg empty
Crew: Max. 3
Engine: two water-cooled six-cylinder inline engines Benz Bz III with each 150 hp
Maximum speed: unknown
Reach: 600 kilometers
Armament: 2 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 300 kg bombs

 

Albatros G.II

 

Albatros G.II

 

 

 

Designation: Albatros G.III
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 11,89 meters
Span: 18 meters
Height: 4,2 meters
Mass: 2064kg empty
Crew: Max. 3
Engine: two water-cooled six-cylinder inline engines Benz Bz IV with each 220 hp
Maximum speed: 150 km/h
Reach: 600 kilometers
Armament: 2 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 300 kg bombs

 

Albatros G.III

 

Albatros G.III

 

Albatros G.III

 

 

 

 

 

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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