Sunday, May 15, 2011

Germany - 1917 Albatros J.I

German Ground Attack Craft Renovations

I think I will keep on my German aircraft theme a while longer. Today the subject is a couple new profiles for the Albatros J.I ground attack aircraft that I worked up today. I had done earlier profiles about a year ago, but decided to start over from square one and make a fresh version. for a series of six new profiles. Here are the first ones .

The Albatros J.I was a German purpose built ground-attack aircraft of World War I. Operationally the design was a success, the main drawback of the type was that the armor was found to be inadequate for its role. The first flight was in 1917, and the J.I entered service the same year. The J.I served through the remainder of the war, and was retired in 1921

The J.I utilized the wings and tail of the C.XII reconnaissance aircraft while adding a new slab-sided fuselage. The crew compartment was protected by 490 kg (1,080 lb) of steel armor plate, while the engine was left unprotected. Power was provided by the 150 kW (200 hp) Benz Bz.IV, which gave marginal performance when combined with the heavy J.I airframe. The fixed 7.92 mm (.312 in) "Spandau" LMG 08/15 machine guns fired downward to facilitate strafing ground targets. Defensive fire was provided by a single trainable 0.312 in (7.92 mm) Parabellum MG14 machine gun in the observer's cockpit

References

  1. From Wikipedia Albatros J.I, "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatros_J.I"
  2. Albatros J.II WWI Plastic Model airplanes built by Dennis Ugulano Retrieved from http://wwi.priswell.com/german/albatros/index.htm#albj2
  3. Albatros J.II. (2010, May 4). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:23, November 15, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Albatros_J.II&oldid=360031451
  4. Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). "Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation". London: Studio Editions.
  5. Gray, Peter and Owen Thetford. "German Aircraft of the First World War". London: Putnam, 1962. ISBN 0-93385-271-1.

2 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Nice simple clean design.

W. I. Boucher said...

Yes it is sleek, the design evolution reminds me of the Halberstadt CL series in many ways. They were both long lived ground attack planes. The Albatros J series was much more capable than the Junkers J.I which was a full metal construction.