Albatros G.III

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Albatros G.III
Albatros G.III Ray Wagner Collection Image (21432367022).jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Albatros
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Wingspan 18.0 m (59 ft 1 in) [1][2]
Engine 2×200-220hp Benz Bz.IV[1][2]
Armament nose flexible Parabellum
rear flexible Parabellum[3]
320 kg (700 lb) of bombs[1]
Max Speed 150 km/h (93 mph)[1][4][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 9:00[4]-10:00[1][2]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 25:00[4]-30:00[1][2]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 45:00[1][2]
Service Ceiling 3,000 m (9,840 ft)[2]
Range 595 km (370 mi)[2]
Endurance 4:00 [4] to 6:10[1]

A refinement of the Albatros G.II, the Albatros G.III appeared at the front in early summer of 1917 and served in very small numbers until late 1917. The increase in horsepower from 150hp to 200hp on the engines must have helped, but it never achieved the success of similar bombers like the A.E.G. G-class planes. The nose wheels of the G.II were removed and the undercarriage was replaced with a pair of light twin-wheel arrangements. Later models had horn-balanced ailerons and uncowled engines. [5]

They flew with Kagohl 4 in the Balkans and Kagohl 2 on the Western Front, but their peak deployment never exceeded the nine in service in April 1917. Given the limited success of Albatros bombers, the firm abandoned the line and returned their attention to fighters and two-seaters.[6]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros G.III.

Timeline [note 1]

References

Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Herris'14, p.43.
  3. Lamberton, p.156.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.269.
  5. Lamberton, p.156.
  6. Herris'14, p.46.
  7. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Jack Herris, German G-Type Bombers of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-26-1.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027