Albatros D XII

1918

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Albatros D XII

The last Albatros fighter of World War I actually completed and flown, the D.XII featured the slab-sided plywood- covered fuselage introduced by the D.X, and the first of two prototypes was flown in March 1918 with a 180hp Daimler D IlIa engine. The second prototype, fitted with a Bohme undercarriage embodying compressed- air shock absorbers, and unbalanced ailerons of inverse taper in place of the balanced parallel-chord ailerons of the first prototype, followed in April 1918, and was later fitted with a 185hp BMW IlIa engine for participation in the third D-type contest of October.

Specification 
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight760 kg1676 lb
  Empty weight580 kg1279 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan8.20 m27 ft 11 in
  Length5.78 m19 ft 12 in
  Wing area19.84 m2213.56 sq ft

Comments
Kyle Bogosian, e-mail, 18.08.2011 22:14

Does anyone know the maximum speed of this plane?

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R. E. van Patten, e-mail, 11.10.2010 04:11

Difficult to land without digging in the huge prop. Reported elsewhere to climb like a homesick angel. At wing loading of 7.8 lb /sqft must have been very agile. Udet called it the best fighter of the war. Too little, too late.

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