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Albatros L 77v

The German tandem two-seat reconnaissance fighter sesquiplane, Albatros L 77v, was produced in a limited quantity of four units under licence by Ernst Heinkel Flugzeugwerke for Albatros Flugzeugwerke in 1928.

This aircraft was an evolution of the L 76 Aeolus reconnaissance trainer and was equipped with a powerful 450 kW (600 hp) BMW VI 5.5 water-cooled V12 engine.

Similar to its predecessor, the L 77v featured a fabric-covered welded-steel fuselage and wooden dual-spar wings with plywood skins, reinforced by N-type struts.

It was armed with twin 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns in fixed forward-firing positions, complemented by a third machine gun mounted on a ring in the rear cockpit for defensive purposes.

During its operational lifespan, three L 77v aircraft were utilised for armament trials in Lipetsk, Soviet Union, with one of them specifically testing a 20 mm cannon.

Unfortunately, the fourth aircraft was lost during testing in March 1929.

The remaining L 77vs served until October 1931, stationed at the Staaken Test Centre

from December 1929 onwards.





8.45 m (27 ft 9 in)


12.76 m (41 ft 10 in)


3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)

Wing area

27.8 m2 (299 sq ft)


1 × BMW VI , 450 kW (600 hp)


Maximum speed

220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)



2 × fixed forward firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns

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


2 × 50 kg (110 lb) bombs.

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