I’m going to try and start a weekly series that talks about the history of aviation, and highlights a certain aircraft each week. This week will be the Albatross D.III
The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I.
Many famous aces(five victories in the air) flew it including Wilhelm Frankl, Erich Löwenhardt, Manfred von Richthofen, Karl Emil Schäfer, Ernst Udet, and Kurt Wolff. It was powered by a Mercedes D.III air-cooled inline engine that made 170 horsepower. This would pull the bi plane through the air at 109 mph. It was armed with 2x 7.92mm machine guns firing over the nose.
It had a range of 300 miles, and a ceiling of 18,000 feet.
Overall, it’s one of the Great War’s best fighters, and one of the most visually appealing too.
photo cred [here] (http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/projects/aircraft/albatros-dva/creating-new-albatros)
these people built a brand new Albatross pretty much from scratch. really impressive