Albatros C.VIII N

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Role Night bomber aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
First flight 1917
Number built 1

The Albatros C.VIII N was a German large, single engine biplane bomber, intended for night time operations, It was seriously underpowered and could only carry a small bomb load.

Design and development[edit]

The C.III N was a large but underpowered three bay night bomber, as denoted by the N, its engine only just powerful enough to meet the Idflieg two seat C-class minimum requirement. It had straight edged, constant chord wings of about equal span and with parallel pairs of interplane struts. There were ailerons on both upper and lower planes.[1]

A 119 kW (160 hp) inline Mercedes D.III mounted in the nose with its upper cylinders exposed drove a two blade propeller, with two tandem, open cockpits aft. The externally braced tailplane was at mid-fuselage height; the fin, broad and almost quadrant-edged, carried a balanced rudder which ended above the elevators. The C.VIII N landed on a fixed conventional undercarriage with a pair of mainwheels on a rigid axle and a tailskid.[1]

The C.VIII N first flew in 1917 and it seems likely only one was built.[1]


Data from German aircraft of the first World War p.257[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.34 m (24 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.34 m (53 ft 7 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III 6-cylinder water cooled inline, 120 kW (160 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed


  • Maximum speed: 135 km/h (84 mph; 73 kn)
  • Time to altitude: 5 min to 1,000 m (3,280 ft)



  1. ^ a b c d Gray, Peter; Thetford, Owen (1970). German Aircraft of the First World War. London: Putnam. p. 257. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.