The last Albatros fighter of World War I actually completed
and flown, the D.XII featured the slab-sided plywood-
covered fuselage introduced by the D.X, and the
first of two prototypes was flown in March 1918 with a 180hp Daimler D IlIa engine. The second prototype, fitted
with a Bohme undercarriage embodying compressed-
air shock absorbers, and unbalanced ailerons
of inverse taper in place of the balanced parallel-chord
ailerons of the first prototype, followed in April 1918,
and was later fitted with a 185hp BMW IlIa engine for
participation in the third D-type contest of October.
| Take-off weight||760 kg||1676 lb|
| Empty weight||580 kg||1279 lb|
| Wingspan||8.20 m||27 ft 11 in|
| Length||5.78 m||19 ft 12 in|
| Wing area||19.84 m2||213.56 sq ft|
|Kyle Bogosian, 18.08.2011|
Does anyone know the maximum speed of this plane?
|R. E. van Patten, 11.10.2010|
Difficult to land without digging in the huge prop. Reported elsewhere to climb like a homesick angel. At wing loading of 7.8 lb/sqft must have been very agile. Udet called it the best fighter of the war. Too little, too late.
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