Albatros G.I

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G.I
Role Medium bomber
Manufacturer Ostdeutsche Albatroswerke G.m.b.H (OAW)
Designer Hugo Grohmann
First flight 31 January 1916[1]
Primary user Germany
Number built 1[1]

The Albatros G.I, (company designation Albatros L4), was a four-engined German biplane bomber of World War I.[1]

Development[edit]

Founded on 27 April 1914 the Ostdeutsche Albatroswerke G.m.b.H. at Schneidemühl by Otto Wiener and Dr. Walter Huth, the OAW maintained close ties with Albatros, remaining an independent company until October 1917. The majority of OAWs work involved licence manufacture of products from the parent Albatros company.[2]

Given the company designation L4, one of the few home grown designs was the Albatros G.I a four-engined heavy bomber inspired by the Sikorsky Ilya Muromets. The G.I was of typical construction for 1915 with wooden structure, wire-braced and covered with fabric and four engines mounted in nacelles on the lower wing upper surface.[2]

First flown on 31 January 1916 by Alexander Hipleh, flight trials revealed, not only poor flying qualities, but also poor performance, which resulted in further development being abandoned. The later G.II and G.III were not directly related to the G.I, being twin-engined, a lot lighter and having completely different wing designs.

Specifications (G.I)[edit]

Data from The German Giants[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 5+
  • Length: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 27.3 m (89 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 138 m2 (1,490 sq ft)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Mercedes D.II 6 cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 89.5 kW (120.0 hp) each

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Haddow, G.W.; Peter M. Grosz (1988). The German Giants - The German R-Planes 1914-1918 (3rd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-812-7.