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Albatros C.II
Role Military reconnaissance biplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Number built 1

The Albatros C.II was a 1910s German military reconnaissance biplane designed and built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke. Only one aircraft (Idflieg no. C 27/15) was built and the type did not enter production.

Design[edit | edit source]

The C.II used the wings and landing gear of the earlier C.I but was fitted with a short nacelle rather than a conventional fuselage. The nacelle housed a 150 hp (112 kW) Benz Bz.III engine in a pusher configuration with a two-bladed propeller. The nacelle had an open cockpit for the observer/gunner at the front and the pilot behind. The unusual tail structure used an open frame structure with a conventional fin and rudder and gave rise to the nickname Gitterschwanz (en: lattice tail).

This aircraft and the Albatros C.I are not to be confused with the Oaw. (Albatros) C.I and Oaw. (Albatros) C.II which were completely different aircraft produced by the Albatros Schneidemühl Factory, known as Oaw. (Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke GmbH).[1][2]

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, gunner/observer)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.III liquid-cooled inline engine, 110 kW (150 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Putnam 2nd Ed. 1970, p. 253
  2. http://www.designation-systems.net/non-us/germany-ww1.html
  3. Orbis 1985, p. 196
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Gray, Peter; Thetford, Owen (2nd Ed. 1970). German Aircraft of the First World War. London: Putnam & Company. pp. 253–254. ISBN 0-370-00103-6
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