|Number built||346-500 |
|Wingspan||12.8 m (41 ft 10 in) |
|Engine||200hp Benz Bz.IV inline|
|Armament||fixed, sync. LMG08/15 and|
flexible rear Parabellum
|Max Speed||135 km/h (84 mph) - 170 km/h (106 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 5:30-6:30-8:00|
6,500 ft (2,000 m) in 13:00
9,800 ft (3,000 m) in 21:00
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 34:00
|Ceiling||16,000 ft (4,900 m)-5,000 m (16,400 ft)|
Albatros had designed a series of C-class two-seaters each around a different engine, and the Albatros C.VII featured the reliable and powerful Benz Bz.IV six-cylinder inline. As the limitations of the Albatros C.V's Mercedes D.IV became apparent, the C.VII rose to prominence and became the most common German two-seater at the front in late 1916 and early 1917.
Its design fell somewhat in between the C.V/16 and C.V/17, so it inherited some of the features of the more advanced version, including balanced control surfaces, but lagged behind on others (retaining the high-drag ear radiators).
The C.VII proved to be reliable and highly successful, produced in large numbers. It was produced by Albatros, O.A.W., and B.F.W. It served in large numbers until the second half of 1917 when it was slowly phased out in favor of superior planes like the D.F.W. C.V.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros C.VII.
Timeline [note 1]
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Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: wow
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Grosz'99, p.9.
- Grosz'99, p.13.
- Lamberton, pp.220-221.
- Angelucci, p.84.
- Grosz'99, p.37.
- Gray, p.33.
- Grosz'99, p.4.
- Gray, p.31.
- 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.
- 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 77: Albatros C.VII. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1999. ISBN 1-902207-18-1
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027