Albatros C.V

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Albatros C.V/16
Captured Third Army German Albatros C.V - Full.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Albatros
Designer Thelen and Schubert [1]
Introduction 1916 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 424 [2]
Developed from Albatros C.III
Wingspan /16:12.8 m (41 ft 10 in)
/17:12.6 m (41 ft 5 in) [3]
Engine 220hp Mercedes D.IV inline
Armament sync. fixed LMG08/15 and
rear flexible Parabellum
180 kg (400 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 170 km/h (106 mph)[4][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:30[3]-8:00[4]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 9:30[3]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 16:00[3][note 1]
Ceiling 5,200 m (17,000 ft)[3]
Endurance 3:15 [4]

The Albatros C.V two-seater's success was limited by the troubles with its Mercedes D.IV engine. The Mercedes D.IV was an eight-cylinder inline with reduction gearing, but the design was prone to crankshaft failures and the engine turned out to be a limiter on every plane designed around it. The first incarnation of the C.V was the C.V/16 (for 1916) and featured C.III-like wings and control surfaces. The fixed pilot's machine gun that was added to some Albatros C.IIIs became standard.

In 1917 the Albatros team improved the C.V by adding side-exhaust, rounded lower wing tips, in-wing radiator, and balanced control surfaces, resulting in the C.V/17.

Over four hundred C.Vs were constructed, and the lessons learned in its evolution were put to good use in the Albatros C.VII and Albatros C.X.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros C.V.

Timeline [note 2][edit]

Game Data[edit]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
16Q3-17Q4 K B/B 14 8 5

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  1. C-V/16: 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00 and 3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 16:30[3]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, p.122.
  2. Gray, p.27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Lamberton, pp.220-221.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gray, p.30.
  5. 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, "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, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.