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Albatros C.III

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Albatros C.III
Type General purpose
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary users Luftstreitkräfte
Polish Air Force
Finnish Air Force
Lithuanian Air Force

The Albatros C.III was a German two-seat general-purpose biplane of the First World War, built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke. The C.III was a refined version of the successful Albatros C.I and was eventually produced in greater numbers than any other C-type Albatros. It was used in a wide variety of roles including observation, photo-reconnaissance, light-bombing and bomber escort.

Design and development

Like its predecessor, the C.III was a popular aircraft with rugged construction and viceless handling. The most prominent difference between the two was the revised tail, the C.III having a lower, rounded tail compared to the large, triangular tail of the C.I, granting the C.III greater agility. The powerplant was either a 150-hp (112 kW) Benz Bz.III or a 160-hp (119 kW) Mercedes D.III inline engine and, like numerous other two-seaters of the war (such as the British Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8) the cylinder head and exhaust manifold protruded above the front fuselage, limiting the pilot's forward visibility.

The observer, who occupied the rear cockpit, was armed with 7.92 mm Parabellum machine gun. Later C.III aircraft were fitted with interrupter gear and a single forward-firing 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 machine gun. The C.III could also carry a bombload of up to 200 lb (91 kg) in a small internal bomb bay.

Following the war, a number of copies were built by the Bulgarian state aircraft workshops as the DAR 2 for use as trainers.


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Specifications (C.III)

General characteristics

  • Crew: two, pilot & observer
  • Length: 8.0 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.69 m (38 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 3.10 m (10 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 36.91 m² (397 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 851 kg (1,876 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,353 kg (2,983 lb)
  • Powerplant:Benz Bz.III, 112 kW (150 hp) or Mercedes D.III liquid-cooled inline engine, 119 kW (160 hp)



  • 1 × 7.92 mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun in observer's cockpit
  • Some aircraft with 1 × 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 forward-firing machine gun
  • Up to 91 kg (200 lb) bombs

  • References

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    See also

    Related development
    Albatros C.I - Albatros C.V Comparable aircraft
    Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 - Aviatik C.I - Rumpler C.I

    Related lists

    Template:Idflieg C-class designations Template:DAR aircraft

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