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When the Albatros D.I and Albatros D.II fighters arrived at the front in late August 1916, they gave Germany a distinct advantage: a strong, high-power fighter with twin guns. Albatros engineers had been working on the two fighters since April, and Idflieg ordered a batch of fifty for each plane. The D.II differed from the D.I by moving the upper wing downward 250mm and using splayed center struts rather than an inverted vee, which improved pilot vision significantly. Early D.IIs came with the same ear-radiators as the D.I, but later D.IIs used a top-wing radiator instead. 275 D.II's were built before production shifted to the Albatros D.III.

Albatros D.II
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Role Fighter
Manufacturer Albatros
Designer Robert Thelen[1]
Introduction Aug 1916
Primary users Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Number built 275[1]
Variants Albatros D.II(Oef)
Wingspan 8.51 m (27 ft 11 in) [2]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament 2×fixed sync. LMG08/15
Crew 1
Max Speed 175 km/h (109 mph)[3][4][5][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00[5]-5:00[3]-5:30[2]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 9:30[2]-10:00[5]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 13:30[2]-19:00[5]
Ceiling 5,200 m (17,100 ft) [3][4][2]
Endurance 1:30 [3][4]

Oeffag built sixteen Albatros D.II(Oef) for the Austro-Hungarian air service.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros D.II.

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Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[6]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Updated card
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Rimmell, p.1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gray, p.44.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.38.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Grosz'03, p.40.
  6. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 100: Albatros D.I/D.II. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-902207-55-6
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • R.L. Rimmell, Windsock Datafile 11: Albatros D.II. Great Britain, Albatros Publications Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-948414-13-8