Albatros C.XV

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C.XV
Albatros C.XV (L 47) at Berlin-Johannisthal 1919.jpg
A civil Albatros C.XV at Berlin-Johannisthal, 1919
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Germany

The Albatros C.XV was a German military reconnaissance aircraft developed during World War I. It was essentially a refinement of the C.XII, which had been put into production in 1918. The war ended before any examples became operational. However, some found their way into civilian hands and flew as transport aircraft in peacetime under the factory designation L 47. Others saw service with the air forces of Russia, Turkey, and Latvia.

Operators[edit]

 German Empire
 Latvia
 Poland
 Soviet Union
 Turkey
Albania Albania

Specifications (C.XV)[edit]

1/72 scale model of an Albatros C.XV of the Russian Civil War by Buz Pezold

General characteristics

  • Crew: two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 8.85 m (29 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.37 m (47 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 3.25 m (10 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 42.7 m2 (459 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,021 kg (2,250 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,639 kg (3,613 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.IVa, 190 kW (260 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 175 km/h (110 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)

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. 
  • luftfahrt-archiv.de