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Albatros C.VI

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916

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Albatros C VI
  The Albatros C VI was virtually a C III airframe with strengthened engine bearers to take the 180 h.p. Argus As III engine. Dimensions differed fractionally from the C III, and this machine was a little lighter and slightly faster. Production was limited. Span, 11.7 m. (38 ft. 4 3/4 in.). Length, 79 m. (25 ft. 11 1/8 in.). Height, 3.2 m. (10 ft. 6 in.). Weights: Empty, 830 kg. (1,826 lb.). Loaded, 1,343 kg. (2,954 lb.). Speed, 145 km.hr. (90.625 m.p.h.). Climb, 3,000 m. (9,840 ft.) in 35 min. Duration, 4.5 hr.


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Albatros C.VI

  The final first-generation Albatros C-type to be produced was the C.VI. The C.VI was simply a C.III airframe fitted with a 180 hp Argus As.III engine. The Argus had slightly more power than the 160 hp Mercedes in the C.III but was heavier and lost power more quickly with altitude than the Mercedes. Consequently, the C.VI was slightly faster than the C.III at low altitude but had a lower climb rate and ceiling and was not quite as nimble.
  In any case, engine production generally was the main factor limiting aircraft production, so production of the Argus-powered C.VI was a useful supplement to C.III production.
  Although the Frontbestand inventory for the C.VI peaked at 111 on the end of February 1917, the only known order information was for a batch of 75 aircraft placed in May 1916, so either at least one production batch is unknown or the Frontbestand inventory is in error. Because the Frontbestand table was created after the war by one individual from multiple wartime reports, it is known to contain some errors; the number of Albatros C.VI aircraft listed at the front in February 1917 is likely one of them.


Albatros C-Type Specifications
Albatros C.VI Albatros C.VII Albatros C.VIIIN Albatros C.IX Albatros C.X
Engine 180 hp Argus As.Ill 200 hp Benz Bz.IV 160 hp Mercedes D.m 160 hp Mercedes D.m 260 hp Mercedes D.IVa
Span, Upper 11.7m 12.78 m 16.74 m 10.4 m 14.36 m
Span, Lower - 12.40 m - - 14.00 m
Chord, Upper - 1.80 m - - 1.8 m
Chord, Lower - 1.70 m - - 1.6 m
Gap - 1.83 m - - 1.86 m
Wing Area - 43.4 m2 - - 42.7 m2
Wing Dihedral - 2° (upper &. lower) - - 2° (upper & lower)
Length 7.9 m 8.71 m 7.34 m 8.22 m 9.15 m
Height 3.2 m 3.60 m - 2.735 m 3.40 m
Empty Weight 830 kg 1,030 kg - 790 kg 1,088-1,115 kg
Loaded Weight 1,343 kg 1,546 kg - 1,150 kg 1,668-1,695 kg
Maximum Speed 145 km/h 135 km/h 135 km/h 155 km/h 175 km/h
Climb to 1,000m - 5.5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 3 minutes
Climb to 2,000m - 13 minutes - - 6.5 minutes
Climb to 3,000m 35 minutes 21 minutes - - 11 minutes
Climb to 4,000m - 34 minutes - 30 minutes 21 minutes
Climb to 5,000m 49 minutes
Duration 4.5 hours - - 2.5 hours 3/2 hours
Note: C.VII track 1.95 m


Albatros C.VI Production Orders
Order Date Qty Serials
May 1916 75 C.1775-1849/16
Only one order is known but the 111 C.VI aircraft listed in the Frontbestand inventory for February 1917 make it possible more C.VI aircraft were ordered and built. However, the Frontbestand was compiled post-war and does have errors; this is likely one of them.

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Albatros C.VI C.1777/17 assigned to an unknown unit.
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Albatros C.VI C.1818/16 assigned to an unknown unit. Dark camouflage was painted over all upper surfaces; the brown and green shown are assumed, not confirmed. It is not known if the markings painted on the wheel covers were a personal or unit marking.
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Albatros C.VI lettered 'A' assigned to an unknown unit.
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The Albatros C.VI was a C.III airframe fitted with a 180 hp Argus As.III engine. The Argus had a bit more power than the 160 hp Mercedes used in the C.III, making the C.VI slightly faster at low altitude. However, the Mercedes was lighter and gave better power at altitude, giving the C.III a better climb rate. The Albatros factory at Johannisthal is the background. (Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
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An Albatros C.VI runs up its engine before a mission. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
K.Delve - World War One in the Air /Crowood/
Staffel 39 Albatros CVI at Artemps in 1916. Although produced in only limited numbers this was an effective reconnaissance type. In essence it was a DIII variant with a 180hp Argus Aslll engine.
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An Albatros C.VI at the front is photographed with two men of the unit; a woman stands behind the wing. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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A well wrapped-up crew in their Albatros CVI - Lt. Bassenge and Uffz. Flbel. Open-air cockpits, winter conditions and high flying combined to make aircraft in the First World War quite uncomfortable!
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This photo clearly shows the nose details of an Albatros C.VI, including its Argus engine and synchronized gun installation. The propeller was made by Axial; the dagger with "Axial" written on it was an early Axial logo. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Albatros C.VI C.1777/16 at the front waiting for its next mission. Tactical number '1' is painted behind the fuselage insignia; other than that, the aircraft appears to be in plain factory finish. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Albatros C.VI in front of the Albatros factory at Johannisthal. The nose of the C.VI was slightly longer than the C.III due to the greater length of the Argus engine. Otherwise the airframe was the same as the C.III. (Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
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Albatros C.VI C.1782/16 photographed while serving as a trainer at Flieger Ersatz Abteilung 4 at Posen. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Albatros C.VI 1816/16 takes off. Attached to an unknown unit, this aircraft wears dark camouflage with prominent national insignia and a swastika-like marking on its wheel cover. Known C.VI serials are C.1775-1849/16.
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An Albatros C.VI after a bad landing. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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The crash of Albatros C.VI 1780/16. Franz Tybelski was chief pilot of the Military Aviators School and this aircraft, with his initial "T" on top of the upper wing, below the lower wing, and on the fuselage sides, was his personal aircraft. While flying this aircraft solo Tybelski crashed fatally on 13 July 1918. Tybelski was an aviation pioneer and had flown for four years, including flying as an instructor pilot. His younger brother Albert flew on both the Eastern and Western Fronts, including a year as a fighter pilot with Jasta 19, and survived the war.
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Albatros C.VI with dark letter "A" on a white background has experienced a bad landing. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Albatros C.VI
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Albatros C.VI
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Albatros C.VI