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Albatros C.II

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916

Albatros - C.I - 1915 - Германия<– –>Albatros - C.III - 1916 - Германия


O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)


Albatros C II
  Only a single example of the C II was built, very early in 1916, to assess the possibilities of the "pusher" layout; designated Gitterschwanz (lit. trellis tail) by the Germans. The C II, bearing the military serial C 27/16, was powered with the 150 h.p. Benz Bz III engine and appeared to use a complete set of C I wings and undercarriage chassis.


J.Herris Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Vol 1: Early Two-Seaters (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 24)


Albatros C.II

  The Albatros C.II was a definite departure from typical Albatros practice. German manufacturers wisely avoided the pusher configuration with the high-drag Gitterschwanz (lattice tail), but the C.II was apparently intended to assess that configuration. The C.II had a 150 hp Benz Bz.III and apparently used wings from the C.I. Only one prototype, C.27/15, was built in early 1916.


Albatros C-Type Specifications
Albatros C.II Albatros C.III Albatros C.IV Albatros C.V
Engine 150 hp Benz Bz.III 150 hp Benz Bz.III 160 hp Mercedes D.III 160 hp Mercedes D.III 220 hp Mercedes D.IV
Span, Upper - 11.00 m (short span) 11.70 m (long span) - 12.78 m
Span, Lower - 11.04 m (short span) 11.14m (long span) - 12.44 m
Chord, Upper - 1.80 m - 1.80 m
Chord, Lower - 1.70 m - 1.80 m
Gap - 1.65 m - 1.83 m
Wing Area - 34.37 m2 (short span) 37.10 m2 (long span) - 43.4 m2
Wing Dihedral - 1.75° (upper & lower) - 2° (upper & lower)
Wing Sweepback - 1.70° (upper & lower) - -
Length - 7.95 m - 8.95 m
Height - 3.07 m - 4.5 m
Empty Weight - 771 kg - 1,069 kg
Loaded Weight - 1,271 kg - 1,585 kg
Maximum Speed - 135-150 km/h - 170 km/h
Climb to 1,000m - 5 min best, 8 min avg - 4.5 minutes
Climb to 2,000m - 12.5 min best, 22 min avg - 9.5 minutes
Climb to 3,000m - 25 min best, 45 min avg - 16 minutes
Climb to 4,000m - - - 25 minutes

J.Herris - Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Volume 1: Early Two-Seaters /Centennial Perspective/ (1)
The Albatros C.II is shown after full markings were added. (Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
J.Herris - Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Volume 1: Early Two-Seaters /Centennial Perspective/ (1)
The Albatros C.II is shown at the factory at Johannisthal. (Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
J.Herris - Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Volume 1: Early Two-Seaters /Centennial Perspective/ (1)
J.Herris - Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Volume 1: Early Two-Seaters /Centennial Perspective/ (1)
The Albatros C.II pusher at the Albatros factory at Johannisthal. Propeller blast has splattered the rudder with dirt. The pusher configuration gave the observer an exceptional field of view and field of fire forward if he were placed in the front cockpit as in most pushers, but pushers were very vulnerable to attack from the rear where the observer had no field of fire. (Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
J.Herris - Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Volume 1: Early Two-Seaters /Centennial Perspective/ (1)
Rearview of the Albatros C.II prototype C.27/15 at the Albatros factory at Johannisthal. This view emphasizes the limited field of view to the rear that made pushers so vulnerable. (Peter M. Grosz Collection/SDTB)