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Albatros C.V

Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft

Albatros C.V

Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



The Albatros C.V was a step backwards in the evolution of the C-series aircraft systems.
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ORIGIN: Imperial Germany
YEAR: 1916
MANUFACTURER(S): Albatros Flugzeugwerke - Germany
PRODUCTION: 400
OPERATORS: Imperial Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Albatros C.V model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 29.36 feet (8.95 meters)
WIDTH: 41.93 feet (12.78 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.68 feet (3.56 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 3,494 pounds (1,585 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Mercedes D.IV 8-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine developing 220 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 106 miles-per-hour (170 kilometers-per-hour; 92 knots)
RANGE: 280 miles (450 kilometers; 243 nautical miles)
CEILING: 16,404 feet (5,000 meters; 3.11 miles)




ARMAMENT



STANDARD:
2 x 7.5mm ring-mounted LMG 14 Parabellum machine guns in rear gunner position.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 220lbs of bombs.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• C.I - Initial C-series model; based on the B.II unarmed reconnaissance biplane; 1 x 7.5mm machine gun in rear gunner position; Mercedes D.III engine delivering 160hp.
• C.III - Derived from the B.III reconaaissance biplane; 1 or 2 x 7.5mm machine guns in rear gunner position; Mercedes D.III engine delivering 160hp.
• C.V - Developed from the C.III; 2 x 7.5mm machine guns in rear gunner position; Mercedes D.IV 8-cylinder engine delivering 220hp; refined fuselage design.
• C.VII - Replacement Model beginning in mid-1916 for the underperforming C.V model.
• C.X - Improved over the C.V design; fitted with Mercedes D.IVa engine delivering 260hp; refined fuselage design.
• C.XII - Regarded as best of te C-series; in service through the end of the war; refined fuselage design.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Albatros C.V Biplane Reconnaissance Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 3/20/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Albatros C.V can, in some ways, be approached as a step backwards in the progression of the C-series as a whole. Though the intent to produce a top-notch reconnaissance biplane aircraft, the system fell short of expectations mostly due to problems incurred with the new Mercedes powerplant, one that on many occasions malfunctioned in some fashion. Though 400 full examples of this model were produced, the C.V would see operational from early 1916, eventually being replaced in full by a more potent Albatros C.VII design by 1917.

The C.V was in effect an entire departure from previous C-series type designs. This particular model was fitted with an impressive Mercedes D.IV 8-cylinder liquid-cooled engine capable of an equally impressive 220 horsepower. The system could outperform its predecessors through both maximum speed and operational ceiling with a flight time of just over three hours. The aircraft was crewed by a pilot in the front cockpit area and an observer/gunner in the rear cockpit area. The rear gunner had access to an arrangement of ring-mounted 7.5mm Parabellum machine guns for defensive purposes. Up to 220lbs of external ordnance could be mounted for the bomber role if need be. Wing design was of a conventional biplane approach and the fuselage was aerodynamically refined for maximum performance.

Where the system faltered, however, was in the unreliability of the Mercedes powerplant of eight cylinders. Many accidents were caused by the engine malfunctioning in flight, putting quite a performance blemish on the C.V model from the get-go. The Albatros C.V would eventually be replaced by the more capable C.VII series. The C.V would also go on to hold an Albatros production line distinction of being the 2,500th such aircraft produced by the firm, this event occurring in the war year of 1917.




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Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
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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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