|Primary users|| Germany|
|Number built||German ~1340|
|Wingspan||9.02 m (29 ft 7 in) |
|Engine||160-175hp Mercedes D.III inline|
|Max Speed||165 km/h (103 mph)-175 km/h (109 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:20-4:00|
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 12:01
|Ceiling||5,500 m (18,000 ft)|
|Endurance||1:30 to 2:00|
The Albatros D.III was one of the most important and iconic fighters of 1917, and many were serving well into 1918. 446 of them were in use in November 1917, and 1200 to 1340 German D.IIIs were built. Over its production run, the radiator was offset from centerline to the right, and D.IIIs for use in the Middle East had twin radiators.
Developed from the Albatros D.II, the D.III improved downward vision by adopting the sesquiplane layout of the Nieuports, but it also inherited the unfortunate tendency of the lower wing to twist under heavy load. The "Vee-Strutter" was a big part of German air dominance in early 1917, but it was later matched by improved Entente fighters such as the SPAD, RAF SE.5a, and Sopwith Camel.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros D.III.
|Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Plane and Crew Cards
Miniatures and Models
- Ares: WGF118A Frommherz; WGF118B Gruber; WGF118C von Richtofen
- F-Toys: Frommhertz; von Richthofen; Goering
- Metal kit: Red Eagle, Reviresco
- Wings of War: WW13F Voss
- Shapeways: wow
- Metal Kit: CinC MS-24
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Austro-Hungarian numbers are estimations.
- Updated card
- Rimell, p.21.
- Lamberton, pp.218-219.
- Gray, p.45.
- Gray, p.48.
- Munson, p.39.
- Grosz, p.248.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
- Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
- Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.
- Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
- Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
- Raymond L. Rimmell, Windsock Datafile 1: Albatros D.III. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1986, 1987. ISBN 0-948414-05-7