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Albatros C.II

The Albatros C.II, a German military pusher reconnaissance biplane, was a unique aircraft with only one prototype built, never making it into production.

It featured wings and landing gear from the earlier C.I model but was distinguished by a short nacelle instead of a traditional fuselage.

This nacelle housed a 150 hp (112 kW) Benz Bz.III engine in a pusher configuration, driving a two-bladed propeller.

The observer/gunner occupied the front open cockpit within the nacelle, while the pilot sat behind.

The tail structure of the C.II utilised an open frame design with a standard fin and rudder configuration.




7.15 m (23 ft 5 in)


12.90 m (42 ft 4 in)


3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)

Wing area

40.50 m2 (435.9 sq ft)

Empty weight

786 kg (1,733 lb)

Gross weight

986 kg (2,174 lb)


1 × Benz Bz.III liquid-cooled inline engine,

110 kW (150 hp)



Maximum speed

126 km/h (78 mph, 68 kn)

Cruise speed

105 km/h (65 mph, 57 kn)


300 km (190 mi, 160 nmi)

Service ceiling

3,000 m (9,800 ft).

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