Albatros D.Va

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image are the propellers and nose of the aircraft.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image are the rudder and vertical stabilizer.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image is the rudder of the airplane.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image is the fuselage of the airplane.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image are the wings of the airplane.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft.

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    Albatros D.Va

    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.

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    Albatros D.Va

    An Albatros D.Va on display in the Legend, Memory and the Great War In The Air gallery at the National Mall building.
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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft.
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    Albatros D.Va Nose

    The Albatros D.Va was a Germen fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image are the propellers and nose of the aircraft.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image are the rudder and vertical stabilizer.
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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image is the rudder of the airplane.
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    Albotros D.Va Fuselage

    The Albatros D.Va was a Germen fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image is the fuselage of the airplane.

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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft. Highlighted in this image are the wings of the airplane.
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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft.
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    Albatros D.Va

    The Albatros D.Va was a German fighter aircraft used during World War I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage with an almost fully-enclosed 180-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. Many of the highest-scoring German ace pilots achieved a majority of their victories while flying Albatros aircraft.
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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, despite the narrow lower wing being susceptible to frequent failure in prolonged dives. 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. The D.V and D.Va also continued to experience the same lower wing failure problems in a dive similar to the earlier D.III. A small auxiliary strut was added at the bottom of the outer wing struts to address the issue, but was not entirely successful.

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.