Albatros C.V

The Albatros C.V was a German military reconnaissance aircraft which saw service during World War I.

The C.V was Albatros Flugzeugwerke’s first revision of their B- and C-type reconnaissance aircraft since Ernst Heinkel left the firm for Hansa-Brandenburg.

While retaining the same basic layout as the Heinkel-designed aircraft, the C.V featured considerably refined streamlining.

The forward fuselage was skinned in sheet metal and a neat, rounded spinner covered the propeller boss.

Power was provided by the new Mercedes D.IV, a geared eight-cylinder engine.

The initial production version, designated C.V/16, suffered from heavy control forces and inadequate engine cooling.

Albatros therefore produced the C.V/17 with a new lower wing, as well as balanced ailerons and elevators.

The fuselage mounted radiators were replaced by a single flush radiator in the upper wing.

These changes improved both handling qualities and engine cooling, but the downfall of the C.V was the unreliable Mercedes D.IV engine, which suffered from chronic crankshaft failures.

The C.V was therefore replaced in production by the Albatros C.VII.





8.95 m (29 ft 4 in)


12.78 m (41 ft 11 in)


4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)

Wing area

43.4 m2 (467 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,069 kg (2,357 lb)

Gross weight

1,585 kg (3,494 lb)


1 × Mercedes D.IV,

164 kW (220 hp)


Maximum speed

170 km/h (110 mph, 96 kn)


450 km (280 mi, 240 nmi)

Service ceiling

3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Rate of climb

2.1 m/s (410 ft/min)



1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14


Spandau LMG 08/15 machine gun for observer


180 kg (400 lb) of bombs.


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