Albatros W.4

1st Flight 1916

Military Users – Luftstreitkräfte, Austro-Hungarian Aviation Troops.


The Albatros W.4 was a German floatplane derivative of the Albatros D.I fighter with new wing and tail surfaces of greater span than the D.I.

One hundred eighteen examples, including prototypes were built between June 1916 and December 1917.

The aircraft operated in the North Sea and Baltic theatres and later served as training aircraft.


The W.4 was powered by the same 120 kW (160 hp) Mercedes D.III engine fitted to the D.I and based on the same fuselage.

The first production series W.4 was armed with one lMG08 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine gun.

Later aircraft carried two guns.



Crew: 1

Length: 8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)

Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)

Height: 3.65 m (12 ft 0 in)

Wing area: 31.6 m2 (340 sq ft)

Empty weight: 790 kg (1,742 lb)


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

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch wooden propeller


Maximum speed: 158–160 km/h (98–99 mph, 85–86 kn)

Endurance: 3 hours

Service ceiling: 2,890 m (9,480 ft)

Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 5 minutes


Guns: 1 or 2 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) lMG 08 machine guns



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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