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The Albatros D.II was a modified version of the Albatros D.I. Pilots complained that the D.I offered poor visibility from the cockpit. To solve this problem, the D.IIs upper wing was brought closer to the fuselage. Mounted to the fuselage in front of the pilot, the D.IIs twin, synchronous machine guns set the standard for other German and Allied fighters. By the end of 1916, increased production of the Albatros gave Germany numerical superiority in the air war.
German Air Service: Jasta 1, 2, 5, 6, 23, 24
Albatros D.II Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: Albatros Werke GmbH
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: 1916
Number Built:
Engine(s): Mercedes D.IIIa, liquid cooled, 6 cylinder inline, 160 hp
Wing Span: 27 ft 10 ¾ in [8.5 m]
Length: 24 ft 3 in [7.4 m]
Height: 8 ft 6 ½ in [2.6 m]
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 1,954 lbs [888 kg]
Max Speed: 109 mph [175 km/h]
Ceiling: 17,060 ft [5,200 m]
Endurance: 1 hour 30 mins
Crew: 1
Armament: 2 Spandau machine guns
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