Albatros C.I / L.6 / L.7

1st Flight 1915

Military Users-  

Bulgarian Air Force, German Luftstreitkräfte, Lithuanian Air Force, Polish Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Ottoman Air Force.


When the C.I first appeared in early 1915, its good handling and powerful 110 kW (150 hp) Benz Bz.III engine gave it an edge over most Allied aircraft.

During development of the type, successively more powerful engines were fitted, culminating in the 130 kW (180 hp) Argus As III which allowed the final version of the C.Ia to achieve 140 km/h (87 mph) at sea level with an operational ceiling of 3,000 m (9,840 ft).


A dual-control variant, designated the C.Ib, was built as a trainer aircraft by Mercur Flugzeugbau.

Improvements to the C.I resulted in the Albatros C.III which became the most prolific of the Albatros C-types.



C.I – Two-seat reconnaissance aircraft. First production version.

C.Ia – Improved version powered by more powerful Argus As III engine, built by BFW and by LFG.

C.Ib – Dual-control training version built by Mercur Flugzeugbau.

C.If, C.Ifd, C.I-V.

BFW Built C.I


Crew: 2

Length: 7.85 m (25 ft 9 in)

Wingspan: 12.9 m (42 ft 4 in)

Height: 3.14 m (10 ft 4 in)

Wing area: 40.4 m2 (435 sq ft)

Empty weight: 875 kg (1,929 lb)

Gross weight: 1,190 kg (2,624 lb)


Power plant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line piston engine, 120 kW (160 hp)

Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propeller


Maximum speed: 132 km/h (82 mph, 71 kn)

Endurance: 2½ hours

Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,800 ft)

Rate of climb: 1.7 m/s (330 ft/min)


Guns: 1 × 7.92 mm (0.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun in observer’s cockpit



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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