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B.I
Paper model of Albatros B.I.
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Germany

The Albatros B.I was a German military reconnaissance aircraft designed in 1913 and which saw service during World War I.[1]

Design and development

It was a two-seat biplane of conventional configuration which seated the observer and pilot in separate cockpits in tandem. The wings were originally of three-bay design, later changed to two-bay, unstaggered configuration. A floatplane version was developed as the W.I.

Operational history

B.Is were withdrawn from front line service in 1915 but examples served as trainers for the remainder of the War.

Operators

 Austria-Hungary
 Bulgaria
 German Empire
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Turkey

Survivors

A survivor

A surviving example is preserved at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna.

Specifications (B.I)

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.57 m (28 ft 1½ in)
  • Wingspan: 14.48 m (47 ft 6⅛ in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 43 m2 (463 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 747 kg (1,643 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,080 kg (2,376 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I six cyl. in-line water-cooled, 75 kW (100 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
  • Range: 650 km (400 miles)
  • Rate of climb: 1.333 m/s (262 ft/min)

See also

References

  1. Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 51. 
  2. Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6. 


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