Albatros D II
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One of the most serious design faults of the D.I was the poor forward and upward fields of vision provided for the pilot, and to rectify this deficiency the upper wing was lowered and the wing cellule was staggered, reducing overall height by 36cm. With this and other more minor changes, the fighter was redesignated D.II, and an initial production batch of 100 was ordered in August 1916, arrangements being made for the D.II to be licence-built by LVG (Luft-Verkehrs- Gesellschaft). It was also to be built by Oeffag (Oesterreichische Flugzeugfabrik) for the Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. Luftfahrttruppen with a 185hp Austro-Daimler engine. The standard D.II had the 160hp Daimler D III and armament remained a pair of LMG 08/15 guns. Twenty-eight D.IIs were at the Front in November 1916, and the strength of this type peaked in January 1917, when 214 were recorded at the Front.