Albatros W.4

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Albatros W.4
Role Seaplane Fighter
Manufacturer Albatros
Primary user Germany
Number built 118 [1]
Wingspan 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in) [2]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament 2×fixed sync. LMG08/15
Max Speed 160 km/h (99 mph)[3][2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:30[2]-6:00[4]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 23:00[2]
Ceiling 3,000 m (9,840 ft)[3][2]
Endurance 3:00 [3]

As a response to the rising threat of Entente flying boats, the German navy developed several Jagdeinsitzer Wasser (Seaplane fighting scouts) in 1916, including the Albatros W.4. Though it was derived from the Albatros D.I, many details were changed (beyond the obvious addition of floats), such as a wider wingspan and wider gap. Various types of floats were tried as production ran along, and 118 were built before they were supplanted by Brandenburg types. [1]

The first W.4 was delivered in September 1916, but initial production was slow, with the first ten arriving in Feb-April 1917. Eventually 118 would be delivered, some with an offset wing radiator rather than ear radiators, and some with four-wing ailerons. They served mostly on the Flanders coast, but some were seen over the Aegean. [5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros W.4.

Game Data

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q3-18Q4 Y A 15 8 5

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1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.56.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Munson, p.90.
  4. Gray, p.58.
  5. Munson, p.166.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • 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
  • Ray Rimell and I.R. Stair, Albatros W.4, 1916 German seaplane fighter. Great Britain: Windsock International, Volume 5, No.2, Summer 1989, pp.4-6.