Albatros D II
1916
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Albatros D II

One of the most serious design faults of the D.I was the poor forward and upward fields of vision provided for the pilot, and to rectify this deficiency the upper wing was lowered and the wing cellule was staggered, reducing overall height by 36cm. With this and other more minor changes, the fighter was redesignated D.II, and an initial production batch of 100 was ordered in August 1916, arrangements being made for the D.II to be licence-built by LVG (Luft-Verkehrs- Gesellschaft). It was also to be built by Oeffag (Oesterreichische Flugzeugfabrik) for the Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. Luftfahrttruppen with a 185hp Austro-Daimler engine. The standard D.II had the 160hp Daimler D III and armament remained a pair of LMG 08/15 guns. Twenty-eight D.IIs were at the Front in November 1916, and the strength of this type peaked in January 1917, when 214 were recorded at the Front.

Albatros D II


Specification 
 MODELAlbatros D.II
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x 160hp Mercedes D.IIIa
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight888 kg1958 lb
    Empty weight637 kg1404 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.50 m28 ft 11 in
    Length7.40 m24 ft 3 in
    Height2.95 m10 ft 8 in
    Wing area24.50 m2263.72 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed175 km/h109 mph
    Cruise speed143 km/h89 mph
    Ceiling5200 m17050 ft
    Rate of climb200 m/min650 ft/min
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.92mm

Comments
Klaatu83, 29.10.2011

The principal difference between the Albatros D-I and D-II was that the D-II's top wing was lowered slightly in order to improve the pilot's view forward and upward. The modification was made at the suggestion of pilots who had flown the D-I in combat.

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