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Albatros B.II

Imperial Germany (1914)

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 ©

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

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).
Albatros B.II Specifications
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Imperial Germany
Year: 1914
Type: Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Albatros Flugzeugwerke - Germany
Production: 0
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 2
Length: 25.03 ft (7.63 m)
Width: 41.99 ft (12.80 m)
Height: 10.33 ft (3.15 m)
MTOW: 2,361 lb (1,071 kg)

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

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 65 mph (105 kph; 57 kts)
Service Ceiling: 9,843 ft (3,000 m; 1.86 mi)


Operators List
Imperial Germany; Sweden

Series Model Variants
• B.II - Base Series Designation

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