Albatros D.Va

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Albatros D.Va
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Albatros
Introduction Oct 1917[1][2]
Primary user Germany
Number built 1662[3]
Developed from Albatros D.III
Variants Albatros D.V
Wingspan 9.02 m (29 ft 7 in) [4][5]
Engine 180-200hp Mercedes D.IIIa inline[6]
Armament 2×sync. LMG08/15
Ammo 1000 rounds[7]
Crew 1
Max Speed 186 km/h (116 mph)[8][4][5] to 193 km/h (120 mph)[9]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:00[8]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 8:08[4]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 17:08[4]
Ceiling 5,700 m (18,700 ft)[8][5] to 5,900 m (19,500 ft)[9] to 6,200 m (20,500 ft)[4]
Endurance 2:00[8][4][5] to 3:00[9]

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 Albatros 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 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.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb Points
Sep/Oct17-end B A 15 14 4 82

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  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[10]
  1. Rimell, p.1
  2. Angelucci, p.58.
  3. Rimell, p.21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Angelucci, p.48.
  6. Gray, p.49.
  7. Kelly, p.230.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Gray, p.52.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Munson, p.39.
  10. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • Raymond L. Rimell, Windsock Datafile 3: Albatros D.V. Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1987, 1995. ISBN 0-948414-07-3