Albatros W.8

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W.8
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German Albatros W.8 in 1918
Role Biplane fighter seaplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Introduction 1918
Status Production completed
Number built 3

The Albatross W.8 was a German biplane fighter floatplane that saw service during First World War. It patrolled the seas around 1918. The fuselage of the aircraft was made of wood, similar to most aircraft designs of that period. The W.8 had a water-cooled Benz IIIb eight-cylinder engine fitted with a fixed two-bladed wooden propeller.

Specifications (W.8)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 9.95 m (32 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.46 m (37 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.39 m (11 ft 1 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz IIIb Water-cooled 8-cylinder engine, 138 kW (185 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph; 81 kn)
  • Range: 500 km (311 mi; 270 nmi)
  • Endurance: 3.5 hours
  • Rate of climb: 2.5 m/s (490 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 1 x light machine gun fixed forward, 1 x light machine gun in a flexible rear-mount

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