Albatros G.III

1st Flight 1916

Military Users – Luftstreitkräfte


The Albatros G.III (company L.21), was a German bomber aircraft development of World War I.

It was a large, single-bay biplane of unequal span and unstaggered wings.


Power was provided by two Benz Bz.IVa pusher engines installed in nacelles carried between the wings.

An unusual feature of the design was that the lower wing was provided with cutouts for the propellers, allowing the engine nacelles to be mounted further forward than would have been otherwise possible.

Few were built, most seeing service on the Macedonian Front in 1917.



Crew: three, pilot, observer, and engineer

Length: 11.9 m (39 ft 0 in)

Wingspan: 18.0 m (59 ft 0 in)

Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)

Wing area: 79.0 m2 (850 sq ft)

Empty weight: 2,064 kg (4,550 lb)

Gross weight: 3,150 kg (6,945 lb)


Power plant: 2 × Benz Bz.IVa , 164 kW (220 hp) each


Maximum speed: 150 km/h (94 mph, 82 kn)

Range: 600 km (370 mi, 320 nmi)

Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)

Rate of climb: 1.3 m/s (260 ft/min)


2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine guns

325 kg (720 lb) of bombs



Albatros Fighters-Brian Knight

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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