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Albatros B.II

Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft

Albatros B.II

Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



Only seeing a short stint on the frontlines, the B.II stayed on through the entire war as a trainer aircraft.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1914
MANUFACTURER(S): Albatros Flugzeugwerke - Germany
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany; Sweden
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Albatros B.II model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 25.03 feet (7.63 meters)
WIDTH: 41.99 feet (12.8 meters)
HEIGHT: 10.33 feet (3.15 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,361 pounds (1,071 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Mercedes 6-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 100 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 65 miles-per-hour (105 kilometers-per-hour; 57 knots)
CEILING: 9,843 feet (3,000 meters; 1.86 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• B.II - Base Series Designation
• B.III


HISTORY



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.




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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 Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
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CAS
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Anti-Ship
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EW
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