Albatros B.I

The Albatros B.I, (company designation L.1) was a German military reconnaissance aircraft designed in 1913 and which saw service during World War I.

The B.I was a two-seat biplane of conventional configuration that seated the observer and the pilot in separate cockpits in tandem.

The wings were originally of three-bay design, but were later changed to a two-bay, unstaggered configuration.

A floatplane version was developed as the Albatros W.I.

The B.Is were withdrawn from front line service in 1915 but some examples served as trainers for the remainder of the war.

Variants

B.I

German production aircraft for the Luftstreitkräfte

Phönix 20.01

First prototype for Austrian production.

Phönix 20.02

Second prototype for Austrian production.

B.I(Ph) series 21

Production by Phönix Flugzeug-Werke AG Vienna

B.I(Ph) series 24

Production by Phönix Flugzeug-Werke AG Vienna 

B.I(Ph) series 25

Production by Phönix Flugzeug-Werke AG Vienna

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

8.57 m (28 ft 1 in)

Wingspan

14.48 m (47 ft 6 in)

Height

3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)

Empty weight

747 kg (1,647 lb)

Gross weight

1,080 kg (2,381 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Mercedes D.I 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line piston engine, 75 kW (100 hp)

Propellers

2-bladed fixed-pitch wooden propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

105 km/h (65 mph, 57 kn)

Range

650 km (400 mi, 350 nmi)

Endurance

Ca 4 hours

Time to altitude

800 m (2,625 ft) in 10 minutes.

 

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