Albatros B.I

The Albatros B.I was a large three-bay biplane designed before the First World War and that was taken into German service after the outbreak of war. It used the composite construction that would be the hallmark of Albatros aircraft. The fuselage had a wooden frame and was covered with plywood. The wings had wooden spars and ribs and were fabric covered. The radiators were mounted on the sides of the fuselage close to the front cockpit.

The aircraft had been designed in 1913, with some input by Ernst Heinkel, who at the time was working for Albatros.

After the outbreak of the First World War the existing biplanes were taken into military service and given the designation B.I. They were then followed by the improved B.II, a two-bay biplane that led onto the armed C.I and a long family of Albatros scouts.

Engine: One Mercedes D.I or D.II
Power: 100hp or 110hp
Span: 47ft 6.75in
Length: 28ft 1.5in
Height: 10ft 4in
Empty weight: 1,647lb
Maximum take-off weight: 2,381lb
Max speed: 65mph
Climbing Speed: 10 minutes to 2,625ft
Endurance: 4 hours
Armament: None

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 June 2012), Albatros B.I , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_albatros_B_I.html

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