Albatros D.XI

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Albatros D.XI
Albatros D.XI prototype with serial.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
First flight February 1918
Retired 1918
Primary user Germany
Number built 2

The Albatros D.XI was a German single-seat fighter biplane first flown in February 1918. It was the first Albatros fighter to use a rotary engine, in the form of the 120 kW (160 hp) Siemens-Halske Sh.III, and also featured a new wing construction with diagonal struts from the fuselage replacing traditional wire bracing.

Design & development[edit]

The wings had unequal spans with the upper planes having greater span than the lower ones, and were braced by I-struts with an aerofoil cross-section, additional rigidity being provided by twinned diagonal struts from the base of these to the top of the fuselage, located where the "landing wires" of a normal wire-braced biplane would be. The use of a rotary engine necessitated a large-diameter propeller and a correspondingly tall undercarriage.

The D.XI was armed with the same twin 7.92 mm (.312 in) Spandau LMG 08/15 machine guns employed on other Albatros fighters. Two prototypes were built, the first having balanced, parallel-chord ailerons and a four-blade propeller; and the second with inversely tapered, unbalanced ailerons and a two-blade propeller. The D.XI was not put into production.

Specifications (D.XI)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 5.58 m (18 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 18.5 m2 (199 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 494 kg (1,089 lb)
  • Gross weight: 723 kg (1,594 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-Halske Sh.III, 120 kW (160 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 190 km/h (120 mph)
  • Endurance: 2 hours