|First flight||early 1915|
|Number built||630 [note 1]|
|Developed from||Albatros B.II|
|Wingspan||12.9 m (42 ft 4 in) - 13.0 m (42 ft 8 in) |
|Engine||150hp Benz Bz.III inline or|
160hp Mercedes D.III inline
|Armament||rear flexible Parabellum|
68 kg (150 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||132 km/h (82 mph) to|
140 km/h (87 mph)
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 9:00-9:45|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 25:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 58:00-58:30
|Ceiling||3,000 m (9,840 ft)|
The Albatros C.I was the company's rapid response to the German directive to provide defensive armament to two-seaters. It was provided with either the 150hp Benz Bz.III or the 160hp Mercedes D.III engine, both which gave it good performance. It arrived at the front in spring 1915 and by the end of the year comprised around 42% of all German two-seaters at the front. As better machines appeared, it was moved to less active fronts, where it served into 1917. It was exported to Turkey and Bulgaria and served as a trainer (as the C.Ia through the end of the war). Around 630 Albatros C.I's were built for combat use. Roland-built C.Is cleaned up the aerodynamics by switching from side radiators to a top-wing leading radiator, and this was carried forward in the C.Ia variant. Large numbers of the C.Ib trainer were also built.
Many famous aces flew the C.I early in their career, including Boelcke and Manfred von Richtofen.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros C.I.
Timeline [note 2]
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Miniatures and Models
- Resin kit: Sram 144/010 (company defunct)
- Shapeways: wow
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- Shapeways: wow
Benz engine, Albatros-built
Mercedes engine, Roland-built
- Plus another 1450 as trainers.
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Argus Vol. 3, p.51.
- Angelucci, p.84.
- Lamberton, pp.220-221.
- Gray, p.23.
- Grosz'96, p.35.
- Munson, p.34.
- Gray, p.20.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
- Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
- Argus Books, Airplane Archive: Aircraft of World War One, Volume 3. Great Britain: Argus Books, 1989. ISBN 0-85242-998-3
- 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, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
- P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 57: Albatros C.I. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1996. ISBN 0-948414-76-6
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
- Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711