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Albatros C.VII

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916

Фронтовой самолет

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АЛЬБАТРОС C-VII / ALBATROS C-VII

  Осенью 1916-го на "Альбатрос" установили достаточно надежный и хорошо отлаженный в производстве 200-сильный мотор "Бенц".
  Новую модификацию обозначили C-VII. Кроме силовой установки, она ничем не отличалась от C-V/17. На предприятиях фирм OAW и BFW построено свыше 600 экземпляров C-VII. Первые из них попали на западный фронт в декабре 1916 года. А уже в феврале 1917-го там насчитывалось более 350 аппаратов, входивших в большинство немецких разведывательных авиаподразделений.
  Самолет быстро завоевал популярность благодаря выдающейся легкости пилотирования. Особенно удивляла простота приземления. Говорили даже, что стоит лишь выключить мотор и отпустить управление, как C-VII сядет самостоятельно. При этом все остальные летные данные также были вполне приемлемы.
  
  
ДВИГАТЕЛЬ
  
  "Мерседес"D.IV, 220 л.с. (C-V) или "Бенц"Вz.IV, 200 л.с. (C-VII)
  
  
ВООРУЖЕНИЕ
  
  Стрелковое: 1 х 7,92-мм синхронный пулемет "Шпандау" 08/15 и 1 х 7,92-мм турельный пулемет "Парабеллум"
  Бомбовое: до 180 кг бомб.
  
  
ЛЕТНО-ТЕХНИЧЕСКИЕ ХАРАКТЕРИСТИКИ
   C-VII
  Размах, м 12,78
  Длина, м 8,70
  Высота, м 3,60
  Площадь крыла, кв.м 43,4
  Сухой вес, кг 989
  Взлетный вес, кг 1550
  Скорость максимальная, км/ч 170
  Потолок, м 5000
  Продолжительность полета, ч 4
  Экипаж, чел 2


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Albatros C VII

  As soon as Albatros realised production of the C V was likely to be abbreviated by the vagaries of its engine, immediate consideration was given to the production of a successor to obviate any breakdown of output.
  In numerical sequence the C VI came next, but this was a retrograde design which was not put into production. Thence followed the Albatros C VII. It was realised this would be little more than a "stop-gap" aeroplane until the design of a two-seater was finalised utilising the more powerful 260 h.p. Mercedes engine soon to be available in quantity. It was therefore decided to use as many standard C V components and sub-assemblies as possible to ensure a speedy replacement, and recourse was made to the well-tried and wholly reliable 200 h.p. Benz Bz IV engine.
  Reference to the illustrations will show the C VII to be superficially something of a hybrid C V/16 and C V/17. In the past all these types have been apt to be confused and invariably wrongly captioned. Their individual characteristics may now be recognised.
  In fact, the C VII was immediately distinguishable from the C V types by cylinder block, which protruded well above the metal inspection panels which covered the nose section. Although similar in appearance to the C.V, the fuselage had to be considerably re-worked to accommodate the Benz engine (which was considerably shorter than the 220 h.p. Mercedes it replaced) and its varied accessory components. It conformed to the well-tried formula of basic longerons and multi-ply formers, with plywood covering and no internal bracing. Once again the radiators were placed on the fuselage sides, just above the leading-edge of the lower wing.
  The usual two-bay cable-braced wings were a mixture of both C V series machines, the upper wing being of the 1917 type including ailerons, but without the centre-section radiator; the lower wing reverting to the angular raked tip of the C V/16. The complete tail assembly was identical to that of the earlier machines, as was the complete undercarriage chassis. The tailskid was of the same internally-sprung arrangement as that of the C V/17, and the complete cockpit controls of that aircraft were also retained.
  As so often happens with a "stop-gap" machine, the C VII proved to be an extremely successful and well-liked aeroplane. It was reported to be comfortable and not tiring to fly, and landed without undue tendency to "balloon", as was often the case with two-seaters of comparatively light wing loading. It was widely used by the Fl. Abt. and Fl. Abt. (A) Flights on reconnaissance and artillery observation patrols towards the end of 1916, and as many as 350 were serving on all Fronts by February 1917.

TECHNICAL DATA
  Purpose: Two-seat long distance and artillery observation.
  Manufacturers:
   Albatros Werke G.m.b.H. (Alb.).
   Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke (O.A.W.).
   Bayerische Flugzeug Werke (Bay.).
  Power Plant: 200 h.p. Benz Bz IV 6 cylinder in-line, water cooled.
  Dimensions: Span, 12.780 m. (41 ft. 11 1/4 in.). Length, 8.700 m. (28 ft. 6 1/2 in.). Height, 3.600 m. (11 ft. 9 3/4 in.). Wing area, 43.4 sq.m. (468.72 sq.ft.).
  Weights: Empty, 989 kg. (2,176 lb.). Loaded, 1,550 kg. (3,410 lb.).
  Performance: Maximum speed, 170 km.hr. (106.25 m.p.h.). Initial climb, 1,000 m. (3,260 ft.) in 8 min. Ceiling, 5,000 m. (16,400 ft.). Duration, 3 hr. 20 min.
  Armament: Two machine-guns. One fixed, firing forward for pilot. One free-firing for observer. Light bomb load carried occasionally, according to tactical requirement.


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Albatros C.VII

  The Albatros C.VII was designed along with the C.V Powered by the new 200 hp Benz Bz.IV, a standard production engine of which 7,124 were built during the war, the C.VII was intended for mass production for general-purpose reconnaissance and light bombing duties.
  The C.V and C.VII shared their general appearance and many parts. The C.V, C.VII, and later C.X shared their fin, rudder, horizontal tailplane, and elevators. Idflieg claimed the C.V and C.VII also shared wing cellules, although the ailerons were different, the C.V/16 having plain ailerons and the C.V/17 and C.VII having balanced ailerons. However, the upper wings of the C.V and C.VII were the same in span, airfoil section, and planform. Similarly, the lower wings of the C.V/16 and C.VII were the same, while the C.V/17 lower wing had a different planform with rounded wingtips.
  Like the C.V/16, the C.VII had ear radiators. The key visual difference between the C.V and C.VII was the C.VII had exposed engine cylinder heads while the C.V had its engine fully enclosed. The C.V/17 also featured rounded lower wingtips whereas the lower wings of the C.VII had the same squared-off planform of the C.V/16.
  With its lower power engine, less efficient propeller, and greater drag of its exposed engine, the C.VII was not nearly as fast as the speedy C.V, nor could it match the climb rate and ceiling of the C.V. The C.V routinely flew its long-range reconnaissance missions at 5,200 meters; the service ceiling of the C.VII was about 4,000 meters. While the C.V could often soar above and out run Allied fighters during its long-range photographic missions, the C.VII typically had to fight its way to or from its tasks of medium-range reconnaissance, light bombing, and artillery spotting. Not as handy as the lighter C.III, the C.VII had better climb and ceiling that made interception more difficult.
  The C.VII appeared over the front in September/October 1916, shortly after the C.V, and by February 1917 the C.VII was the most numerous C-type in combat. However, production of the C.VII was completed by the end of 1916 and by April 1917 it was outnumbered by the superior DFW C.V. Although powered by the same engine as the Albatros C.VII, which essentially disappeared from combat by the end of 1917, the DFW C.V served at the front in large numbers until the war's end.
  The C.VII was a strong, stable, well-made aircraft that had sufficient speed, climb, and maneuverability to hold its own in combat until the new generation of Allied fighters powered by the Hispano-Suiza V-8 became numerous in the summer of 1917.
  In addition to production by Albatros, BFW produced the C.VII under license. During type testing of the BFW-built C.VII during 12-25 October 1916 the load tests had to be performed five times, with fixes made between tests, before the aircraft passed. During later load tests of a random production BFW-built aircraft the aircraft again failed, and BFW aircraft were noted for their poor workmanship that compromised their safety.
  After the C.VII was retired from combat it continued to serve as an advanced trainer until the end of the war. The C.VII was the last successful Albatros two-seater design.


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.VII Production Orders
Order Date Mfr Qty Serials
1916 Alb* 25 C.1225-1249/16
1916 Alb* 100 C.1275-1374/16
July 1916 Alb 100 C.2174-2273/16
July 1916 BFW 75 C.3000-3074/16
Sep. 1916 BFW 100 C.3500-3599/16
Oct. 1916 BFW 75 C.3724-3798/16
Oct. 1916 BFW 25 C.7700-7724/16
1917 Alb 1 C.8200/17
* Built later than batch ordered July 1916; serials assigned originally to C.V order that was not built. Alb. C.VII(Bay) = Bay C.II

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Albatros C.VII C.1300/16 assigned to Flieger Abteilung (A) 233.
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Albatros C.VII C.1330/16 of Flieger-Abteilung 7.
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Albatros C.VII 1330/16 of Flieger Abteilung 7. The white arrow is the unit marking. Unusually, a radiator has been mounted in front of the wing, probably a modification carried out at the unit. C.VIIs normally had 'ear' radiators on the side of the fuselage. A captured Lewis gun is mounted over the wing center section.
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Albatros C.VII C.2204/16 of an unknown unit, winter 1916/1917
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Albatros C.VII C.2220/16 of Schusta 4 in early 1917. Schusta 4 was formerly Kasta 16 and the aircraft may have been with the earlier unit. A captured Lewis gun was fitted over the wing. The '1' and cross were lighter than the national insignia and are shown here as red.
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Albatros C.VII C.2240/16, perhaps of Flieger Abteilung (A) 209.
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"Альбатрос" C-VII ВВС Германии, 1917г.
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Albatros C.VII C.2249 of an unknown unit.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) 7713/16 of an unknown unit.
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Albatros C.VII with the white nose, white rudder, white wheel covers, and white tactical number of an unknown unit.
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Albatros C.VII tactical number '3' of an unknown unit. The colors of the fuselage band are assumed.
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Albatros C.VII of Schusta 27.
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Albatros C.VII 3536/16 serving at the 'Higher Pilots School' in the Polish Air Service, 1920.
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Albatros C VII
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This aircraft is thought to be the Albatros C.VII prototype. It was photographed at Johannisthal in front of the Albatros company hangars. The exposed engine cylinder head above the cowling is the key identification factor differentiating the C.VII from the C.V that was developed at basically the same time. The C.VII shared its squared-off lower wing with the C.V/16 and its upper wing, with balanced ailerons, with the C.V/17.
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C.VII prototype
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Albatros C.VII 1283/16
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Albatros C.VII 1300/16 at FA(A) 233 carries a checkerboard insignia ahead of its national insignia.
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Albatros C.VII 1302/16 armed with a Parabellum LMG 14.
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The fuselage of C.VII 1306/16. The broken propeller implies disassembly after an accident, not assembly after transportation.
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Albatros C.VII 1311/16 rests at its airfield.
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Albatros C.VII 1324/16 has a leading edge radiator in place of the ear radiators typical of a C.VII.
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Albatros C.VII 1330/16 of Flieger Abteilung 7
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Albatros C.VII 1330/16 of Flieger Abteilung 7, March 1917.
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Albatros C.VII 1330/16 of FliegerAbteilung 7 has a leading edge radiator and a Lewis gun. It is marked tactical '3' in addition to the arrow insignia unit marking. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Here is a C.VII with a leading edge radiator in place of the normal ear radiators. Two photos exist of C.VII 1330/16 of FliegerAbteilung 7 with this field modification, and this may be another photo of that aircraft; the FliegerAbteilung 7 arrow unit marking is just visible next to the observer's cockpit. A captured Lewis is mounted on the upper wing.
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This C.VII of FliegerAbteilung 7 retains its ear radiators but has had a captured Lewis gun attached to the cabane struts. A close look at the aircraft above reveals similar mounting points on the cabane struts. Was the aircraft above the same aircraft as below after radiator modifications, or was more than one aircraft of the unit fitted with a Lewis?
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Albatros C.VII 1332/16 has been fitted with a leading edge radiator in place of the usual ear radiators.
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Albatros C.VII 1344/16 was one of 16 C.VII aircraft repaired by Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, maker of Mercedes engines, during 1917. The spinner on this aircraft is much flatter than the normal C.VII spinner, giving it an unusual appearance.
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Albatros C.VII 1344/16
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Albatros C.VII 1359/16 at Armee Flug Park 3 in summer 1916 carries a black and white fuselage band that are likely a unit marking. The upper surfaces of the wings are painted in a two- or three-color scheme and the national insignia have a 50mm wide white surround. The fuselage is varnished wood. Rounded lower wingtips were tested on C.VII prototypes but have not been seen on operational aircraft; C.VII production was complete by the time rounded wingtips were tested.
Developed from the C.V, the Albatros C.VII was powered by the 200 hp Benz Bz.IV. Unlike the C.V, the engine protrudes from the fuselage.
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Albatros C.VII 2181/16 was an early production machine from the first production batch.
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Albatros C.VII 2187/16 of the first production series ordered in June 1916.
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Albatros C.VII 2197/16 was an early production machine from the first production batch.
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Albatros C.VII 2197/16
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Albatros C.VII 2197/16 on a wood taxiway.
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Albatros C.VII C.2204/16 was painted in three-color camouflage on the upper surfaces of the wings and pale blue below. It wears a black fuselage band and tactical '1' of an unknown unit. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Crew members posing in Albatros C.VII 2204/16
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Albatros C.VII C.2208/16 of FliegerAbteilung 48 has the standard ear radiators. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Albatros C.VII 2211/16 of the first production batch
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Three Albatros C.VII aircraft of an unidentified unit, with C.2240/16 in front. FliegerAbteilung (A) 209 used a similar insignia. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Albatros C.VII reconnaissance aircraft of an unknown two-seater unit.
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Albatros C.VII C.2247/16 has the standard C.VII configuration; the totally flat landscape indicates it may be on the Eastern Front.
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Albatros C.VII 2249/16 carries a white chevron on the fuselage. The engine is running but the tail is propped up, indicating a test or maintenance, not imminent flight.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) 3033/16 attached to a naval unit
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Albatros C.VII(BFW) 3042/16 of FliegerAbteilung (A) 251 is missing its spinner. At left is Lt. Fritz Putter, who later won the Pour le Merite as a fighter pilot who scored 25 victories before he was killed when the ammunition in his Fokker D.VII caught fire and he died of his wounds.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) C.II 3069/16 has an unusual presentation of its serial number.
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On 22 March 1917, the airfield of Flieger Abteilung 46b (Flieger Abteilung (A) 3b ???) at Marimbois Ferme was bombed which caused severe damage to Albatros C.VII 3510/16.
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Albatros C.VII 3510/16
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Albatros C.VII 3537 was badly damaged in the bombing raid of 22 March 1917
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Albatros C.VII 3540/16 photographed at FliegerAbteilung (A) 224 on 22 May 1917. This aircraft has the square white backgrounds on the national insignia that were obsolete by this time.The balanced ailerons and square-tipped lower wings are clearly shown. The wings wear a three-color camouflage scheme and has a dark chevron marking with tactical number '3' on the fuselage. It is likely this aircraft was actually assigned to Schusta 27.
Built in substantial numbers, the Albatros C VII entered operations near the close of 1916. Hastily developed to circumvent the engine-related unreliability being experienced by their CV, the CVII used the 200hp Benz Bz IV. With this engine, the CVII proved reliable and equally at home doing relatively high level reconnaissance at its ceiling of 16,400 feet, or doing its infantry support task of strafing trenches with its short range 200lb bomb load. At least 350 Albatros C VIIs had been delivered by the parent company and its two sub-contractors by February 1917.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) 3796/17 carries a dark (black?) and white band around the rear fuselage and a while spinner. Not noted as being a colorful aircraft, this example is about as colorful as the C.VII was painted.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) 7713/16 from the last production batch ordered in October 1916 was painted in an overall camouflage finish. It was flown by FliegerAbteilung Karlshorst.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) 7720/16 shows there's no accounting for human error. The serial number on the tail, C.7720/17, has been incorrectly applied!
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Albatros C.VII in front of the Albatros factory at Johannisthal.
The Albatros C.VII closely resembled the Albatros C.V that was designed at nearly the same time. However, the 200 hp Benz Bz.IV protruded above the fuselage whereas the C.V's Mercedes engine was fully cowled.
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This Albatros C.VII had white nose, rudder, wheel covers, and tactical '1' unfortunately, its serial number and unit are not known. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Albatros C.VII with no visible serial number or special markings assigned to FeldfliegerAbteilung 20.
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This C.VII has just been repaired by Daimler although it still needs to be painted. The "A.200" on the fuselage aft of the national insignia is not a serial and may be a tracking number used by Daimler during the rebuilding process.
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Albatros C.VII of Flieger Abteilung 21
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung 103 waits for its next mission. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung (A) 290 with the spinner removed for maintenance. Under the photo in the album was written "Mein 200 P.S. Albatros" (my 200 hp Albatros). Standard ear radiators are fitted. The rib tapes under the wings are prominent. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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This Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung 48 has the standard ear radiators. Someone wrote "Albatros 200 P.S." on the print, indicating 200 hp Albatros, that is, the C.VII. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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This Albatros C.VII had camouflage painted over its fuselage instead of the usual plain finish; unfortunately, its serial number and unit are not known. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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"Franz und Emil" with their Albatros C.VII on 26 December 1916. The engine is bundled up, perhaps to prevent freezing.
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Typical Albatros C.VII in the field with engine running ready for the observer to board before takeoff.
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Another C.VII with engine running before takeoff, this time at Johannisthal with airship hangar in the background.
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Anonymous Albatros C.VII on a snowy airfield.
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An Albatros C.VII being transported to a new location. Light and dark bands surround the fuselage aft of the national insignia.
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This aircraft flown by a Fliegertruppe unit stationed at Gross Auz (near Alt Auz, now Vec Auce, Latvia) in the winter of 1916-1917
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This Albatros C.VII runs up its engine.The missing cowling panels reveal the fixed pilot's gun and are an indication maintenance is being performed.
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Hptm. Schlegel finds an interesting place on the exhaust of his C.VII to pose for a photograph; one imagines the engine must not have been run for some time. Below the fuselage is the antenna weight for the wireless, and the ear radiator is partially blocked for cold weather operation. Meanwhile the observer practices with his binoculars.
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Lt. Walter Boning in front of an Albatros C.VII of Feld-Flieger Abteilung 6b. Boning later became a fighter ace.
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Another Albatros C.VII of Feld-Flieger Abteilung 6b. The pilot is Lt. Walter Boning, who later transferred to fighters and became an ace with Jastas 19 and 76, scoring 17 confirmed victories.
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung (A) 290 photographed with pilot Lt. Hans Bohning (who later flew with Jastas 36 and 76 before becoming Staffelfuhrer of Jasta 79; he scored 17 victories) and some of the ground crew (below). The mechanic in the center appears to be experiencing a particularly bad day. The C.VII, without visible serial number, has been painted or stained a dark color and has an airfoil radiator. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Members of FliegerAbteilung (A) 3b photographed with an Albatros C.VII of their unit. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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An unknown aviator with his C.VII.
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An early production Albatros C.VII with canvas protective cover over its propeller; the men are unknown.
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This Albatros C.VII assigned to Feld-Flieger Abteilung 6b has survived an accident of some type as indicated by the wires wrapped around the propeller. The pilot was Adolf von Tutschek and the observer was Lt. Stein. Adolf Ritter von Tutschek later became a fighter pilot, scored 27 victories, was awarded the Pour le Merite, and was the first commander of Jagdgeschwader II, a signal honor. He was killed in action 15 March 1918 while flying a Fokker Triplane.
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Pilot Adolf Ritter von Tutschek and observer Lt. Stein in their Albatros C.VII serving with Feld-Flieger Abteilung 6b.
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Albatros C.VII assigned to FliegerAbteilung (A) 258. Vzfw. Ernst Kopp is the pilot and Lt. Paul Carell is the observer. The date is February 1917 and the snow confirms it is winter.
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The crew of an anonymous Albatros C.VII appears ready for their next mission.
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Well-known image of an observer in an Albatros C.VII demonstrating how to aim the Parabellum in combat. The ear radiators and visible engine identify it as a C.VII.
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The crew of an Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung (A) 213 receive a last-minute briefing prior to their mission. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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The flight crew of an Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung (A) 3b display the damage their aircraft survived. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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A pilot is photographed with his Albatros C.VII of Kagohl 2. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Closeup of an Albatros C.VII showing the racks of flares along side the observer's cockpit. On the starboard lower wing is the magnetic compass. Unfortunately, the airman is not identified. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Экипировка экипажа этого "альбатроса" значительно отличается. Летчик облачен в кожаную куртку и шлем; стрелок одет в мундир, и от ветра его предохраняет шарф и шлем с маской
Ltn. Frankel (left) and Offstv. Gunther seated in an Albatros C.VII of Fl. Abt. A 299 in 1917
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"Franz und Emil" pose with their Albatros C.VII; unfortunately, only the last digit of the serial number is visible.
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Another Albatros C.VII fitted with a leading edge radiator in place of the normal ear radiators. Ear radiators were often subject to leakage and a new radiator may have been installed by unit mechanics as a more reliable solution.
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Factory photograph of an Albatros C.VII with rounded wing tips
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Two Albatros C.VII aircraft with a DFW C.V in the background.
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FliegerAbteilung 3b photographed with a captured Nieuport fighter. The dark Albatros C.V/16 at left may be C.1177/16 and second in line is C.V/16 C.1262/16 followed by three unidentified Albatros C.VII two-seaters. The occasion appears to be an awards ceremony, and the position of the Nieuport indicates the ceremony may be related to its capture. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Albatros C.VII aircraft of FliegerAbteilung (A) 282 are lined up. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Trailing an identification streamer from the lower wing, an Albatros C.VII, tactical '2' of an unknown unit, plies its trade. The '2' is also painted on top of the aft fuselage turtledeck and its three-color camouflage is evident on the wings.
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An Albatros C.VII in flight. This aircraft carries recognition streamers and tactical number '2', but lacks the spinner normally fitted. This may well be the same aircraft as that in the photograph above.
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung 48 in flight has the standard ear radiators. Someone had written "L.V.G." on the print, but the aircraft is definitely an Albatros C.VII. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung (A) 290 in flight. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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An early production Albatros C.VII in flight illustrates its tail planform and square-tipped wings. It carries an unknown fuselage insignia.
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This Albatros C.VII displays rounded lower wingtips indicating a late production aircraft.
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung 59 perhaps damaged by flak; the pilot is Lt. Aloys Heldmann.
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C.VII after a bad winter landing. Somehow the rudder fabric is missing; did this strip off in flight and contribute to the ground loop
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Albatros C.VII C.1247/16 of FliegerAbteilung 48 after a bad landing on a snowy airfield. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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Albatros C.VII 1350/16
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Albatros C.VII of Schutzstaffel 21 is marked tactical '4' in addition to the chevron insignia. It was painted in three-color camouflage on the upper surfaces of the wings and pale blue below. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)
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Albatros C.VII 3537/16 built by OAW and flown by Flieger Abteilung 46b
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A worn and patched Albatros C.VII after a rough landing. The standard three-color camouflage on the upper wing surfaces is barely recognizable after all the repairs.
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Albatros C.VII of Flieger Abteilung (A) 254 photographed on 14 January 1917
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An Albatros C.VII marked with a white 'X' having a bad day "somewhere in France".
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Albatros C.VII 2269/16 has a white '4' over a black background.
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Albatros C.VII crashed by test pilot Richard Scholz at Johannisthal; the insignia dates the crash in 1918.
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Albatros C.VII 1276/16 assigned to a naval unit after a bad landing.
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The pilot of Albatros C.VII(Bay) 3776/16 has destroyed one of the engine test stands
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An Albatros C.VII of FliegerAbteilung 48 after a particularly rough landing. It carries factory markings only. (Courtesy Bruno Schmaling)
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A typical Albatros C.VII after a bad landing. Like many C.VII aircraft, it has no distinguishing markings.
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Albatros C.VII 1350/16 of FA(A) 238 crashed after a night bombing mission on 7 April 1917 while flown by Vzfw. Hermann Juhnke.
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Little is left of Albatros C.VII 1336/16.
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Aircraft wrecks delivered for repair: Rumpler C.IV 8474/16, Rumpler C.I 6519/16, Rumpler C.IV 8280/16, and Albatros C.VII 1295/16.
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An Albatros C.VII of the post-war Polish air service fitted with a leading edge radiator has come to grief.
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"Альбатрос" C-VII
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Typical Albatros C.VII three-color camouflage scheme on upper surfaces with the early, original cross insignia on white fields. The order and colors of the camouflage patterns could vary.
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Typical Albatros C.VII three-color camouflage scheme on upper surfaces. OAW-built aircraft had their insignia centered on the aileron bell crank as shown here.
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Albatros C.VII(Bay) 7713/16 with camouflage applied to the wings in narrow bands roughly parallel to the wing ribs. BFW-built aircraft had their wing insignia more inboard than Albatros or OAW-built aircraft. There is a possibility the pattern had three colors like those of other manufacturers.