Sunday, May 29, 2011

Germany - 1917 Albatros D.VII

I hope you all are having a great weekend. Today I am going to go back to the topic of experimental Albatros aircraft. During the later years of the war Albatros Flugzeugwerke worked feverishly to produce a viable aircraft to enter mass production. Most of their new designs never entered production. The company's fighter designs were eclipsed by new lighter more cost effective aircraft produced by Fokker Flugzeug-Werke GmbH. Albatros was still one of the major producers two seat aircraft in the late days of the war, however they never able to design mass produced single seat fighter again.

Experimental Albatros Aircraft of 1917

Albatros D.VII - 1917
Albatros D.VII - 1917

Some purists will take me to task for this profile. The only pictures I have found were black and white photos. In them the aircraft surface looked decidedly crude. I admit I have smoothed the lines of the plane and the color is conjectural. It may be a case of fools rush in where angels fear to tread. But at least I gave it a try. If anyone has more information please contact me so it is not so much of a stab in the dark.

First flown in August 1917, the D.VII was powered by a 195 hp Benz Bz Illb V-eight cylinder water-cooled engine. Strut-linked ailerons were carried by all wings and armament comprised two synchronized 0.312 in (7.92 mm) LMG 08/15 machine guns. The characteristics of the D.VII offered an insufficient increase in performance to warrant further development beyond initial prototype stage.


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kingsleypark said...

The colour may be conjectural but I like it. Do you know of any other models that may have used it? Did Kempf not fly a DR I in a similar green or was that darker?

W. I. Boucher said...

Some planes used the dark green I have seen profiles with dark green including: Pfalz D.VIII, Albatros J.I, AGO S.I, and some Junkers J.I. Off the top of my head I think Kempf flew a Dr.I with the standard dark green/brown over the pale blue in streaked patterns running vertically.