Established late 1909 at Berlin-Johannisthal by Dr Walter Huth. Original name Pilot-Flugtechnische was only briefly retained. At first built biplanes and (under license) French Antoinette monoplanes. From 1911 was building highly efficient biplanes and in 1912 turned attention also to marine aircraft. In 1912 and later Hellmuth Hirth and others broke several records on Albatros landplanes. Development benefited from participation of Ernst Heinkel who, in 1913/14, designed large single-engined threebay biplane, forerunner of numerous reconnaissance and multipurpose types; C III of 1915 remained in
Albatros D I
service until early 1917 and was built by several other firms. Historic line of single-seat fighters began with D.I and D.II, in service 1916. D.III (1917) was "vee-strutter"; W.4 a single-seat fighter seaplane, less known than landplanes though 118 delivered to German Naval Air Service. Decline of Albatros land fighters was marked by company building Fokker D.VII in 1918. First civil aircraft was single-engined six-passenger L.58 high-wing cantilever monoplane of 1923; L.73 was twin-engined transport; L.75 was biplane trainer and L.79 a single-seat biplane with symmetrical wing-section specially developed for inverted flight. L.100 was low-wing monoplane; L.101 a parasol monoplane. One Albatros biplane was adapted for advanced research (water tanks for trim, cameras etc.). Aircraft manufacture ceased 1930. Company merged with Focke-Wulf 1930/31.

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