A Point of Departure
It has been a busy day in the studio. I woke up at dawn in a seriously manic mad scientist frame of mind. First off I did some research on British training squadrons and their flashy paint schemes. They flew some extremely gaudy planes decorated with stripes, checks and even hexagons ( I am now officially in profile hog heaven). Next I completed three new Sopwith One and a half Strutter profiles, one in American service, one Belgian, and one Russian. and an Albatros D.V in the distinctive Jasta 18 red and dark blue paint scheme. The toughest part of the Albatros was working up the white horseshoe and four leaf clover pilot insignia. Once again I'm back working on the Albatros project and decided to share some new reconnaissance aircraft profiles and the story behind them. The year was 1918 and we are getting close to the end of the war. Albatros Flugzeugwerke developed two more reconnaissance aircraft designs before the Armistice.
Albatros C.XII Serial Number 1100 - 1918
Albatros C.XII Serial Number 9314 - 1918
The profiles shows the evolution of German national markings from the old style Iron Cross to more modern treatments.
Albatros C.XII From Wikipedia
The Albatros C.XII was a German military reconnaissance aircraft which saw service during the late period of World War I. It differed markedly from previous Albatros C-type aircraft by adopting an elliptical-section fuselage similar to that of the Albatros D.V. The C.XII also featured a tailplane of reduced area, but it retained the wings of the earlier Albatros C.X.
The aircraft was powered by a single 260 hp (190 kW) Mercedes D.IVa, inline water-cooled engine. The aircraft's armament consisted of: a single 0.312 in (7.92 mm) "Spandau" LMG 08/15 machine gun, fixed downward, and a single trainable 0.312 in (7.92 mm) Parabellum MG14 machine gun in the observer's cockpit
The Albatros C.XII was a sleek aircraft with clean lines. Despite the aerodynamic advantages of the design, there was no significant increase in performance achieved over the C.X. Examples remained in service until the end of the War.
- From Wikipedia Albatros C.XII, "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatros_C.XII"
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). "Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation". London: Studio Editions. pp. 53.
- Grosz, Peter M. (2007). "Windsock Datafile 126 Albatros C.XII" Vol.1. Berkhamsted: Albatros Productions Ltd..
- Grosz, Peter M. (2008). "Windsock Datafile 129 Albatros C.XII" Vol.2. Berkhamsted: Albatros Productions Ltd..