Albatros C.VII

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

It was a revised and re-engined development of the Albatros C.V, which had proved disappointing in service.

The C.VII dispensed with the earlier C.V’s unreliable Mercedes D.IV and also with the modifications that had been made to accommodate that power plant, returning to the original C.V/16 design.

Refinements were also made to the control surfaces, the overall effect was an aircraft with excellent handling qualities.

The C.VII soon made up the bulk of German reconnaissance aircraft, with some 350 in service at one time.

Specifications

Crew

Two

Length

8.70 m (28 ft 6 in)

Wingspan

12.78 m (41 ft 11 in)

Height

3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)

Wing area

43.4 m2 (467 sq ft)

Empty weight

989 kg (2,180 lb)

Gross weight

1,550 kg (3,420 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Benz Bz.IV , 150 kW (200 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

170 km/h (110 mph, 96 kn)

Endurance

3​1⁄3 hours

Service ceiling

5,000 m (16,500 ft)

Rate of climb

3.2 m/s (630 ft/min)

Armament

Guns

1 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) Spandau LMG 08/15 machine gun

1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun for observer

Bombs

90 kg (200 lb) of bombs.

 

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