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B.I
Paper model of Albatros B.I.
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Germany

The Albatros B.I was a German military reconnaissance aircraft designed in 1913 and which saw service during World War I.[1]

Design and development[edit | edit source]

It was a two-seat biplane of conventional configuration which seated the observer and pilot in separate cockpits in tandem. The wings were originally of three-bay design, later changed to two-bay, unstaggered configuration. A floatplane version was developed as the W.I.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

B.Is were withdrawn from front line service in 1915 but examples served as trainers for the remainder of the War.

Operators[edit | edit source]

 Austria-Hungary
 Bulgaria
 German Empire
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Turkey

Survivors[edit | edit source]

A survivor

A surviving example is preserved at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna.

Specifications (B.I)[edit | edit source]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.57 m (28 ft 1½ in)
  • Wingspan: 14.48 m (47 ft 6⅛ in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 43 m2 (463 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 747 kg (1,643 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,080 kg (2,376 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I six cyl. in-line water-cooled, 75 kW (100 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
  • Range: 650 km (400 miles)
  • Rate of climb: 1.333 m/s (262 ft/min)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 51. 
  2. Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6. 


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