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Albatros D.Va

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This object is on display in the Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air exhibition at the National Mall building.


In 1916, Albatros Werke produced the remarkably advanced Albatros D.I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage, with an almost fully-enclosed 160-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine, and the propeller spinner neatly contoured into the nose of the fuselage. A sesquiplane version with narrow-chord lower wings, designated the D-III, was introduced early in 1917, and served with great success. The Albatros D.V model was fitted with a more powerful 180-horsepower engine, but was plagued by a rash of upper-wing failures. The wings were strengthened, resulting in a re-designation, the D.Va. Unfortunately, the necessary strengthening increased the weight and negated the performance advantage of the new engine.

Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. They were used extensively by the German Air Service throughout 1917, and remained in action in considerable numbers until the end of the war. Many of the highest-scoring German aces achieved the majority of their victories while flying Albatros fighters.

Gift of George K. Whitney.

Manufacturer: Albatros Flugzeugwerke GmbH

Date: 1917-1918

Country of Origin: Germany

Dimensions: Wingspan: 9.0 m (29 ft 6 in)
Length: 7.3 m (24 ft )
Height: 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)
Weight: Empty, 680 kg (1,500 lb)
Gross, 915 kg (2,017 lb)

Materials: Airframe: Wood Covering: Fabric

Physical Description:Single-engine, single-seat, German World War I biplane fighter; 180-horsepower Mercedes D.IIIa water-cooled engine. Lozenge camouflage on wings. Natural wood finish on fuselage. Green and yellow stripes on tail.

Inventory number: A19500092000

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