Albatros C.XII

1st Flight 1917

Military Users- Luftstreitkräfte, Polish Air Force, Free City of Danzig Police air squadron.


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

It differed markedly from previous Albatros C-type aircraft by adopting an elliptical-section fuselage similar to that of the Albatros D.V.


The C.XII also featured a tailplane of reduced area, but it retained the wings of the earlier Albatros C.X.

Despite the aerodynamic advantages, no significant increase in performance was achieved over the C.X.

Examples remained in service until the end of the War.



Crew: two, pilot and observer

Length: 8.84 m (29 ft 0 in)

Wingspan: 14.37 m (47 ft 2 in) (OAW = 14.24)

Height: 3.25 m (10 ft 8 in)

Wing area: 42.7 m2 (459 sq ft)

Empty weight: 580 kg (1,280 lb)

Gross weight: 1,061 kg (2,340 lb)


Power plant: 1 × Mercedes D.IVa , 190 kW (260 hp)


Maximum speed: 178 km/h (110 mph, 96 kn)

Endurance: 4 hours 20 minutes

Service ceiling: 5,640 m (18,500 ft)

Rate of climb: 4.2 m/s (820 ft/min)


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



Albatros Fighters-Brian Knight

German Monoplane Fighters of WWI-Jack Herris.

Albatros Aircraft of WWI Volume 1, Early Two-Seaters-Jack Herris.

Albatros Aircraft of WWI Volume 2, Late Two-Seaters-Jack Herris.

Albatros Aircraft of WWI Volume 3, Bombers, Seaplanes & J-Types-Jack Herris.

Albatros Aircraft of WWI Volume 4, Fighters-Jack Herris.

Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945-Heinz J Nowarra.

Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aviation-Michael J. H Taylor.


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