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Albatros C.III




Appearing outwardly nearly identical to the Albatros B.III of 1914, the C.III model entered service in 1915.  Like the unarmed B.III, the C.III had a fish-style tail that not only improved handling but became a distinguishing feature of the Albatros single--seat scouts. The ply-covered fuselage had a roomy rear cockpit for the observer, with Schneider ring mount for the Parabellum machine-gun. Nearly all also had a fixed Spandau (almost the same 7.92-mm gun) firing ahead on the right side of the engine, and equipped with synchronization gear to enable it to fire between the propeller blades.


Albatros C-III


Though used mainly for reconnaissance and artillery spotting, the C.III could carry 100 kg (220 lb) of bombs in a compartment between the cockpits. Powered by the 160-hp Mercedes D.III engine, the C.III was built by seven manufacturers and served on all fronts until mid-1917 when it was withdrawn for use in the training role.

Albatros C.III
Engine: 1 x Mercedes IIIe, 160hp.
Length: 26 ft 3 in (8m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 4 in (11.70m)
Height: 10.17ft (3.10m)
Maximum Speed: 87mph (140kmh; 76kts)
Service Ceiling: 11,155ft (3,400m; 2.1miles)
Accommodation: 2
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 2,983lbs (1,353kg)
Armament: 1 or 2 x 7.92mm Parabellum machine gun and 1x Spandau 7.92-mm machine-gun (most)
Bombload: 100 kg (220 lb)



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