Albatros D.III : Johannisthal, OAW, and Oeffag variants Paperback / softback
Illustrated by James F. Miller, Adam Tooby, Henry (Illustrator) Morshead
Part of the Air Vanguard series
In 1916 German aerial domination, once held sway by rotary-engined Fokker and Pfalz E-type wing-warping monoplanes, had been lost to the more nimble French Nieuports and British DH 2s which not only out-flew the German fighters but were present in greater numbers.
Born-from-experience calls from German fighter pilots requested that, rather than compete with the maneuverability of these adversaries, new single-engine machines should be equipped with higher horsepower engines and armed with two rather than the then-standard single machine gun.
The Robert Thelen-led Albatros design bureau set to work on what became the Albatros D.I and D.II and by April 1916, they had developed a sleek yet rugged machine that featured the usual Albatros semi-monocoque wooden construction and employed a 160hp Mercedes D.III engine with power enough to equip the aeroplane with two forward-firing machine guns.
In all, 500 D.IIIs and 840 D.III(OAW)s were produced and saw heavy service throughout 1917.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 64 pages, 50 b/w; 7 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 06/03/2014
- Category: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
- ISBN: 9781782003717