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Albatros B.II


Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft


Only seeing a short stint on the frontlines, the B.II stayed on through the entire war as a trainer aircraft.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 7/31/2019
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.






Specifications



Year:
1914
Status
Cancelled
Crew
2
[ 0 Units ] :
Albatros Flugzeugwerke - Germany
National flag of German Empire National flag of Sweden German Empire; Sweden
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
Length:
25.03 ft (7.63 m)
Width/Span:
41.99 ft (12.8 m)
Height:
10.33 ft (3.15 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Albatros B.II production model)
MTOW:
2,361 lb (1,071 kg)
(Diff: +2,361lb)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Albatros B.II production model)
1 x Mercedes 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 100 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Albatros B.II production model)
Maximum Speed:
65 mph (105 kph; 57 kts)
Service Ceiling:
9,843 feet (3,000 m; 1.86 miles)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Albatros B.II production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
None.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Albatros B.II production model)
B.II - Base Series Designation
B.III

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