Albatros B.I

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Albatros B.I paper model.JPG
Paper model of Albatros B.I.
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Luftstreitkräfte

The Albatros B.I was a German military reconnaissance aircraft designed in 1913 and which saw service during World War I.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The B.I was a two-seat biplane of conventional configuration that seated the observer and the pilot in separate cockpits in tandem. The wings were originally of three-bay design, but were later changed to a two-bay, unstaggered configuration. A floatplane version was developed as the Albatros W.I.

Operational history[edit]

The B.Is were withdrawn from front line service in 1915 but some examples served as trainers for the remainder of the war.


 German Empire


A survivor

A surviving example of the B.I is preserved at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna.

Specifications (B.I)[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.57 m (28 ft 1½ in)
  • Wingspan: 14.48 m (47 ft 6⅛ in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 43 m2 (463 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 747 kg (1,643 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,080 kg (2,376 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I six cyl. in-line water-cooled, 75 kW (100 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)
  • Range: 650 km (400 miles)
  • Rate of climb: 1.333 m/s (262 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Related development

Albatros B.II - Albatros B.III - Albatros C.III - Lebed XI - Lebed XII

Related lists


  1. ^ Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 51. 
  2. ^ Gray, Peter; Owen Thetford (1970). German aircraft of the First World War (2nd ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-00103-6.