Albatros D.X

The Albatros D.X was developed for the second D type Competition, of June 1918, but wasn't accepted for production. The D.X used the same simplified fuselage as the earlier D.IX, with flat sides and a flat base, replacing the streamlined fuselage of the D.V. The ungainly nose of the D.IX was abandoned and a V-8 Benz IIIb engine with spinner was installed. I-struts were used as the main wing braces. The centre section bracing was strengthened - on most Albatros D class scouts there were braces from the upper fuselage to the upper wing, on the D.X there was also braces from the lower wing root to the upper wing. The new aircraft was faster than the D.IX, but its climb rate was variable - it took between 22 and 35 minutes to reach 16,400ft.

The D.X was one of a large number of fighters that took part in the second D type competition, which took place at Adlershof in May-June 1918. This contest was won by the Fokker V.28, which was developed into the Fokker D.VIII parasol winged fighter.

Engine: Benz IIIb
Power: 195hp
Span: 32ft 3 3/8in
Length: 20ft 3 1/4in
Height: 9ft 0 3/8in
Empty weight: 1,465lb
Loaded weight: 1,991lb
Max speed: 106mph
Endurance: 1hr 30min
Armament: Two Spandau machine guns

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (3 July 2012), Albatros D.X , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_albatros_D_X.html

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