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Albatros C.XIV

The German Albatros C.XIV was a biplane fighter aircraft that was built in 1918.

However, only one of these aircraft was ever constructed.

Albatros had previously experimented with two-seat CL-class aircraft based on their single-seat D.V in 1917.

However, they decided to return to the two-bay biplane layout and flat-sided fuselage of their earlier C types when designing the C.XIV.

The wings of the C.XIV had straight edges and a constant chord, with two bays formed by parallel pairs of inter-plane struts.

This aircraft was the first of the Albatros C types to feature stagger.

The upper wing, which was held above the fuselage on a cabane, had a semicircular cut-out to improve the pilot’s visibility from one of the two tandem, open cockpits.

Ailerons were also fitted to this wing, increasing in chord outwards behind the inner line of the trailing edge.

Powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine, the C.XIV had its upper cylinder parts partially exposed.

It also had a tall exhaust that extended over the wing leading edge-mounted radiator.

The tailplane was mounted at the bottom of the fuselage, and the undercarriage was of the fixed type, with main wheels on V-struts and a faired-in tailskid.

Although the C.XIV made its first flight in the spring of 1918, it did not enter production.

Instead, it was modified into the larger and lighter C.XV, which had a production run that was cut short by the Armistice with Germany.





6.9 m (22 ft 8 in)


10.4 m (34 ft 1 in)

Empty weight

950 kg (2,094 lb)

Gross weight

1,385 kg (3,053 lb)


1 × Benz Bz.IVa,

6-cylinder water-cooled inline,

160 kW (220 hp)


2 bladed



3.5 hr



1× MG08 Spandau


1× Parabellum MG14 machine guns.

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