Albatros W.8

The Albatros W.8 was a German biplane fighter floatplane that saw service during First World War.

It patrolled the seas during 1918.

The fuselage of the aircraft was made of wood, similar to most aircraft designs of that period.

The W.8 had a water-cooled Benz IIIb eight-cylinder engine fitted with a fixed two-bladed wooden propeller.

Specifications

Crew

Two

Length

9.95 m (32 ft 8 in)

Wingspan

11.46 m (37 ft 7 in)

Height

3.39 m (11 ft 1 in)

Powerplant

1 × Benz IIIb Water-cooled 8-cylinder engine, 138 kW (185 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

150 km/h (93 mph, 81 kn)

Range

500 km (310 mi, 270 nmi)

Endurance

3.5 hours

Rate of climb

2.5 m/s (490 ft/min)

Armament

Guns

1 x light machine gun fixed forward, 1 x light machine gun in a flexible rear-mount.

 

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