Open main menu

Albatros Flugzeugwerke of Johannisthal und Schneidemühl was a giant of WWI German aircraft production and dominated the German aircraft tallies during several periods of the war, from their early B-class unarmed planes, their long line of C-class two-seaters, and their famous fighters. If any criticism can be leveled, it is that their fighters never advanced significantly beyond what was offered by the D.III, but that is light criticism indeed in the face of all of their massed contributions.

In order to expand its Austro-Hungarian production, Albatros spun off Phönix in April 1914 and also sub-contracted to Oeffag. Austro-Hungarian versions of Albatros designs can be found under those manufacturer entries.

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The W.2 was a prototype based on the Albatros C.III.[1]
  2. The W.3 was the prototype torpedo-carrier that led to the production W.5.[1]
  3. Three serial numbers were allocated to the W.8, a Brandenburg W.12 successor.[1]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, p.66.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070