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Albatros C.IV
Albatros C.IV
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Albatros
First flight 1916
Status Prototype only
Number built 1
Developed from Albatros C.III

The Albatros C.IV was a German military reconnaissance aircraft built in the autumn of 1915 by Albatros Flugzeugwerke.[1] It was a single-engined biplane, and was based on of the Albatros C.III, with which it shared many parts . It was eventually abandoned, in favour of the C.V.

Design and development

The C.IV shared the same fuselage, landing gear, and tail section with the C.III, but Albatros changed the design of the wings and cockpit; the pilot was located in the rear cockpit.[2] When it was tested in 1916, the expected results of the changes did not occur, and the project was abandoned in favour of a more prospective prototype, which became the Albatros C.V.[3]

The C.IV was armed with a forward-firing LMG 08/15 machine gun, and a rear-firing, Parabellum MG14 machine gun.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.4 m (40 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 41.2 m2 (443 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 798 kg (1,759 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,240 kg (2,734 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III Inline piston engine, 118 kW (158 hp)160PS


  • Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph; 76 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 125 km/h (78 mph; 67 kn)
  • Endurance: 4h
  • Service ceiling: 3,200 m (10,499 ft)



  1. Lamberton, William Melville (1962). Reconnaissance & bomber aircraft of the 1914-1918 war. Aero Publishers. p. 122. 
  2. Peter Laurence Gray; Owen Gordon Thetford (1962). German aircraft of the First World War. Putnam. p. 254. 
  3. "Albatros C.IV" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 


  • Cowin, H.W. German and Austrian Aviation of World War I. Osprey Publishing Ltd, 2000 ISBN 1-84176-069-2

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