Albatros C.X

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Albatros C.X
Albatros C.X.jpg
Scale model of an Albatros C.X
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Germany
Number built >300

The Albatros C.X was a German military reconnaissance aircraft that saw service during World War I.

Design and development[edit]

The C.X was essentially an enlarged development of the Albatros C.VII designed to take advantage of the new Mercedes D.IVa engine that became available in 1917. Unlike the C.VII that preceded it in service, the C.X utilised the top wing spar-mounted radiator that had first been tried on the C.V/17. Other important modernisation features included provision for oxygen for the crew and radio equipment.

Operators[edit]

 German Empire

Specifications (C.X)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 9.15 m (30 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.36 m (47 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 42.7 m2 (459 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,050 kg (2,320 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,668 kg (3,677 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.IVa, 190 kW (260 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 175 km/h (110 mph)
  • Endurance: 3 hours  25 min
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 3.3 m/s (660 ft/min)

Armament

  • 1 × forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) Spandau LMG 08/15 machine gun
  • 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun for observer

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 53. 
  • Grosz, Peter M. Windsock Datafile 114 Albatros C.X. Berkhamsted: Albatros Productions Ltd.