Albatros D.V

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Albatros D.V
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Albatros
Designer Robert Thelen, Schurbert, & Gnaedig[1]
First flight early 1917
Introduction May 1917[2] to July 1917[3]
Primary user Germany
Number built 900[4]
Developed from Albatros D.III
Variants Albatros D.Va
Wingspan 9.02 m (29 ft 7 in) [5]-9.05 m (29 ft 8 in)[6][7]
Engine 180-200hp Mercedes D.IIIa inline[8]
Armament 2×sync. LMG08/15
Ammo 1000 rounds[9]
Crew 1
Max Speed 165 km/h (103 mph)[6] to
186 km/h (116 mph)[10][5][7]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00[10][6][7]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 8:48[5][6]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 14:48[6]-17:08[5]
Ceiling 5,700 m (18,700 ft)[10] to
6,100 m (20,000 ft)[7] to
6,200 m (20,500 ft)[5]
Endurance 2:00 [10][5]

The Albatros D.V differed in only minor ways from its precedecessor, the Albatros D.III. And perhaps that was the greatest complaint against it: the D.V wasn't significantly better than a plane that had premiered in late 1916, and it did nothing to restore the air superiority enjoyed by the Germans in the early Albatros months. The D.V moved the aileron control cables to the top wing, rounded out the fuselage and rudder, angled the tailskid fin, and added a headrest (which was sometimes removed to improve rearward vision.) The D.V premiered in early summer 1917 and was followed by the Albatros D.Va, which returned the control cables to the lower wing and usually came without a headrest. Later D.Va's added a sub-strut in an attempt to stabilize the lower wing from twisting, a problem inherited from the D.III.

D.V's were armed with twin synchronized machine guns, and the guns could be operated independently from twin triggers on the control column.[11]

D.V's were produced in large numbers: at least 900 D.V's and 1600 D.Va's were ordered, and they were the most common fighters at the front from mid-1917 to the last months of the war, when they were eclipsed by the Fokker D.VII.

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

Timeline [note 1]

Game Data

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Unofficial Stats
Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
B A 15 14 4

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Miniatures and Models

Of course, a D.Va model can be substituted for a D.V. The differences are subtle: The D.V more often featured a headrest and the D.Va sometimes had lower-wing sub-struts. The true difference -- placement of the control cables -- is usually invisible in a model.

1:144 Scale

1:200 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[12]
  1. Gray'65, p.3.
  2. Rimell, p.1
  3. Angelucci, p.58.
  4. Rimell, p.21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Gray'65, p.10.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Argus Vol. 1, p.67.
  8. Gray'87, p.49.
  9. Kelly, p.230.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Gray'87, p.52.
  11. Gray'65, p.5.
  12. 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 1. Great Britain: Argus Books, 1989. ISBN 0-85242-983-5
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter Gray, Profile Publications 9: The Albatros D V. Great Britain: Profile Publications, Ltd., 1965.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Raymond L. Rimell, Windsock Datafile 3: Albatros D.V. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1987, 1995. ISBN 0-948414-07-3