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The Albatros D.V and D.Va retained the wing and tail design of the Albatros D.III. As soon as the D.V entered service, there was a series of fatal crashes caused by wing failure. Small struts and additional wire bracing were added to increase wing strength and pilots were warned not to dive too steeply when flying the D.V, but the crashes continued.
 
Units
German Air Service: Jasta 4, 5, 6, 10, 26, 27
 
Albatros D.V Series Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturer: Albatros Werke GmbH
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: 1917
Number Built:
Engine(s): Mercedes IIIa, 180 hp
Wing Span: 29 ft 8¼ in
Length: 24 ft ½ in
Height: 8 ft 10¼ in
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 2061 lb
Max Speed: 116 mph at 3281 ft
Ceiling: 18,700 ft
Endurance: 2 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 2 Spandau light machine guns
 
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