Albatros D.V 1917


Albatros DV:  successful German fighter introduced in 1917 but suffering from weakness in the wings in prolonged diving (scroll down for a more detailed Description)

Published 1962 by © Hugh Evelyn Limited; drawn by Roy Cross (1924-2008)
Print size: c. 48 x 35 cm (19″ x 14″)  (may vary slightly from the printers’ cut 50 years ago)
Printed on medium white cardstock (137 g/sm²).
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In 1916, Albatros-Flugzeugwerke GmbH in Johannisthal, Berlin, produced the remarkably advanced Albatros D.I. It featured a streamlined semi-monocoque fuselage, with an almost fully-enclosed 160-horsepower in-line Mercedes engine, and the propeller spinner neatly contoured into the nose of the fuselage. A sesquiplane version with narrow-chord lower wings, designated the D-III, was introduced early in 1917, and served with great success, despite the narrow lower wing being susceptible to frequent failure in prolonged dives. The Albatros D.V model was fitted with a more powerful 180-horsepower engine but was plagued by a rash of upper-wing failures. The wings were strengthened, resulting in a re-designation, the D.Va. Unfortunately, the necessary strengthening increased the weight and negated the performance advantage of the new engine. The D.V and D.Va also continued to experience the same lower wing failure problems in a dive similar to the earlier D.III.  A small auxiliary strut was added at the bottom of the outer wing struts to address the issue but was not entirely successful. Approximately 4,800 Albatros fighters of all types were built during World War I. They were used extensively by the German Air Service throughout 1917 and remained in action in considerable numbers until the end of the war. Many of the highest-scoring German aces achieved most of their victories flying Albatros fighters. It was a D.III that Baron von Richthofen had painted red and in which he first earned his name and reputation.  [National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian, Washington DC]

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Dimensions 47.5 × 34.5 cm