Friday, June 24, 2011

Project Albatros Part 4

Albatros Aircraft in Turkish Service

While working on the Albatros Project I decided it was time to start fleshing out my profiles of Turkish aircraft. Along with a few Fokkers I began work on Albatros aircraft. I am saving a couple Gotha float planes which will be fun. Once I get those done I can begin on other aircraft to fill out the ranks of a largely ignored air force.

The Albatros B.II was an unarmed German two-seat reconnaissance biplane of the First World War. Designed by Ernst Heinkel based on his 1913 Albatros B.I, the B.II was the aircraft that brought the aircraft manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke to the world's attention. When it was no longer useful in German service they were sent to Turkish units.

The Albatros C.I was an armed German two-seat reconnaissance biplane of the First World War. It was an improved version of the B.II. It gave the Turks the ability to defend themselves from enemy aircraft.

The Albatros C.III was a German two-seat general-purpose biplane of World War I, built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke. The C.III was a refined version of the successful Albatros C.I and was eventually produced in greater numbers than any other C-type Albatros. It was used in a wide variety of roles including observation, photo-reconnaissance, light-bombing and bomber escort.

The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) the Turkish Air force and the Austro-Hungarian Air Service (Luftfahrtruppen) during World War I. Many of the pilots in Turkish service were German aviators sent to fight and train Turkish airmen.


The Angry Lurker said...

Very good, did they just cover the german markings over?

W. I. Boucher said...

Judging from the shape and placement of the insignias I would say yes. On many the original factory markings were still visible.

Jon said...

Thank you for these additions.

Anonymous said...

You would sell alot more CD's if you included top and bottom views for reference by modelers and painters.

W. I. Boucher said...

@Anonymous, In many cases there are no reliable sources for the upper or lower surfaces. It is a matter of conjecture. On the blog and my profile galleries it is a matter of storage space on my host and the format used. On a CD I can add details where available and verifiable. I am still deciding what the format for the profiles will be, if indeed I decide the project addresses a need others have not met.