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Albatros L 68 Alauda

The Albatros L 68 Alauda, a German trainer aircraft from the 1920s, featured a two-seat design.

This single-engine biplane followed a conventional layout with tandem seating for the pilot and instructor in open cockpits.

The wings were characterised by unequal span and a noticeable stagger, distinguishing it from other aircraft of its time.


L 68

Original production version with Siemens-Halske Sh 11 engine

L 68a

Longer wingspan and Sh 12 engine

L 68c

Main production version based on L 68a

L 68d

Siemens-Halske Sh.III engine

L 68e

Armstrong Siddeley Lynx engine


L 68a




6.30 m (20 ft 8 in)


10.10 m (33 ft 2 in)


2.56 m (8 ft 5 in)

Wing area

24.4 m2 (263 sq ft)

Empty weight

650 kg (1,430 lb)

Gross weight

950 kg (2,090 lb)


1 × Siemens-Halske Sh 12,

80 kW (110 hp)


Maximum speed

140 km/h (90 mph, 78 kn)


360 km (220 mi, 190 nmi)

Service ceiling

4,200 m (13,800 ft)

Rate of climb

1.4 m/s (270 ft/min).

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