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Oeffag built Albatros D.IIIs for Austria-Hungary in three series (53, 153, and 253), including improvements to the airframe and wing and the provision for more powerful Daimler engines. 656 Austro-Hungarian D.IIIs were ordered, and they were remained in production until the end of the war.[1]

Albatros D.III(Oef)
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Oeffag
Primary user Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Number built ~650[1]
Variants Albatros D.III
Engine 185-225hp Daimler inline
Armament 2×fixed sync. Schwarzlose MG
Crew 1
Max Speed see table
Climb see table

The Series 53.2 began with the basic German D.III design, but the wing and airframe were strengthened. This corrected one of the D.IIIs greatest weaknesses: failure and twisting of the lower wings, especially at their roots. The 185hp engine also gave the D.III more speed than its German counterpart. As production progressed, minor problems that were found were corrected, and the planes only got better in each successive series.

The Series 153 discarded the spinner, which tests showed did little to improve aerodynamics. The twin guns were buried in the fuselage with only the butts exposed, making it difficult to clear jams. The 153 was a capable, robust fighter that held its own and scored more victories than any other Austro-Hungarian fighter.

As solid as the Series 153 planes were, the Series 253 D.IIIs were an improvement. Pilots praised it as the best fighter available, with "peerless" flight characteristics, complaining only that there were too few of them. The guns were raised to a higher position, but reviews on the change were mixed, and Series 253 planes were built with both configurations. [1]

Albatros D.III(Oef) Series[1]
SeriesEngineIntro DateBuiltSpeedClimb
Series 53.2185hp DaimlerJune 191745112 mph (180 km/h)[2]1000m in 3:20[2]
Series 153200hp Daimlerautumn 1917281117 mph (188 km/h)[3]1000m in 2:35[3]
Series 253225hp DaimlerJune 1918230[note 1]126 mph (202 km/h)[4]1000m in 3:05[4]

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

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Game DataEdit

Wings of GloryEdit

Oeffag Series 153Edit
Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
17Q3-18Q4 B A 15 13 2
Oeffag Series 253Edit
Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
18Q2-18Q4 A A 15 13 2

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Notes
  1. Of 330 ordered, about 230 were completed before the Armistice and about 30 afterward.[1]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Grosz, p.248.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grosz'93, p.249.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Grosz'93, p.252.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Grosz'93, p.257.
Bibliography
  • Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.