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Albatros B.II

Imperial Germany (1914)
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Only seeing a short stint on the frontlines, the B.II stayed on through the entire war as a trainer aircraft.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Albatros B.II Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 3/20/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Albatros B.II was a reconnaissance biplane used in the early years of the First World War, particularly on the German side. The product of design of one Ernst Heinkel, a name that would appear on a variety of aircraft types in the Second World War as well, the system was a respected aircraft platform. Though phased out after several months in the reconnaissance role (such was the case with aircraft designs in the First World War), the B.II would live on throughout the war and even some years later as a trainer elsewhere. The B.II would also be the one aircraft to solidify Albatros Flugzeugwerke in Germany as a prominent brand in the industry.

The Albatros B.II was of a standard biplane design, with a twin-bladed propelled and engine mounted at front, followed by the upper and lower wing elements. The fuselage was slim and square, allowing for two crewmembers. The aircraft was not armed, however, and served as a true reconnaissance platform for the German Air Force.

In the beginning of its service tour, the B.II was able to attain altitudes of nearly 15,000 feet, garnering some attention as a result. The system would later be fielded in quantity throughout 1914, though it was already outclassed and being replaced as soon as 1915. Though its days as a frontline reconnaissance platform were over, the aircraft played a role in the training of countless German pilots till the closing months of the war.


Picture of the Albatros B.II Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft
Picture of the Albatros B.II Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft



Any available statistics for the Albatros B.II Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (65mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Imperial Germany
Service Year: 1914
Classification Type: Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Albatros Flugzeugwerke - Germany
Production Units: 0
Global Operators:
Imperial Germany; Sweden
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Albatros B.II model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
25.03 ft


Meters
7.63 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
41.99 ft


Meters
12.8 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.33 ft


Meters
3.15 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,361 lb


Kilograms
1,071 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Mercedes 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 100 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
65 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
105 kph


Knots
57 kts


Performance
CEILING


Feet
9,843 ft


Meters
3,000 m


Miles
1.86 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• B.II - Base Series Designation
• B.III