Albatros B I/B II
1913
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Albatros B I/B II

The Albatros B.I and smaller B.II were developed before the outbreak of war in 1914 and were roughly equivalent to the British Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2, although slower but better looking. Layout was fairly conventional for the time with the pilot occupying the rear cockpit and the observer the front. No armament was provided as aerial combat was a thing of the future. Power was provided by a 74.5kW Mercedes D.I or an 82kW Benz Bz.II engine and an ugly exhaust manifold partially obstructed the forward view. However, they were strongly constructed and well liked by their crews and were widely used for reconnaissance duties during the first year of the war on both Western and Eastern Fronts.

Manufacture was undertaken by several companies. A seaplane version was also built in small numbers and a few B.II were operated by Austro-Hungary. In 1917 the B.II was ordered back into service as the B.IIa dual-control trainer, powered by an 89.4kW Mercedes D.II or Argus As.II engine.

Albatros B I/B II


Specification 
 CREW2
 ENGINE1 x Mc, 74kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight800 kg1764 lb
    Empty weight600 kg1323 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan14.3 m47 ft 11 in
    Length8.6 m28 ft 3 in
    Height3.5 m12 ft 6 in
    Wing area43.0 m2462.85 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed100 km/h62 mph
    Ceiling3000 m9850 ft
    Range w/max.fuel650 km404 miles

Comments
David Cleaver, 12.01.2011

My Grandfather wounded the pilot, and forced down a Albatros B-III type, I have several pictures showing the plane in good condition, plus I have the propeller, wonder if the plane is sitting in a museum someplace?

Dennis Morris, 11.07.2009

My wife's grandfather flew the BII during WW1. I have a photograph of him standing under the propeller along with his "Beobachtungs Schule" students.

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