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B.III
Role reconnaissance
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke, Oeffag, OAW
Designer Ernst Heinkel
Introduction January 1917
Developed from Albatros B.II

The Albatros B.III was a German World War I reconnaissance biplane, built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke.

Development and design[]

The B.III was a development of the successful B.I and B.II. The pilots downward view was improved by adopting the wing layout of the Nieuport aircraft. The fuselage was similar to the predecessors, semi-monocoque with wooden longerons and formers covered by plywood. The undercarriage was unchanged.[1]

Operational history[]

Some of the following data is incorrect - possibly from D III, not B III

The B.III entered service with Jasta 11 in January 1917.

Variants[]

  • Albatros D-III - built by Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke
  • Albatros L.20 - post-war civilian designation

Operators[]

 Germany

Units using this aircraft[]

Specifications[]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 40.12 m2 (432 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 723 kg (1,594 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,071 kg (2,361 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.II inline piston, 90 kW (120 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • Endurance: 4 hours
  • Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Armament

  • 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG08/15 (Spandau) guns
  • References[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, W.M. (1960). Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Herts: Harleyford Publications Ltd.. pp. 110–111. 
    2. 2.0 2.1 Sharpe, Michael (2000). Biplanes, Triplanes, and Seaplanes. London: Friedman/Fairfax Books. pp. 27. ISBN 1-58663-300-7. 

    Further reading[]

    • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1990). Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War I. London: Studio Editions. pp. 141. 

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