Albatros B.III

The Albatros B.III was the last of the company's unarmed two-seater scouts and was a precursor to the most important of their armed scouts, the C.III.

Some sources state that the B.III was given a new streamlined fuselage, but photographic evidence suggests that the changes were fairly minor. It also introduced the first part of what would become the typical Albatros tail when the rudder was given a rounded end. It was otherwise similar to the B.II. The B.III was produced in small numbers during 1915, but it was already clear that scout aircraft needed to be armed. Albatros produced the C.I, which was based on the earlier B.II, and then moved onto the C.III.

The fuselage shape from the B.III was adopted for the armed Albatros C.III scout, although very few parts were interchangeable between the two aircraft.

Engine: Mercedes D.II
Power: 120hp
Span: 36ft 1in
Length: 25ft 7in

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

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