The Albatros D.III and D.V/Va

Discussion in 'World War 1' started by liverpool annie, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I think I like the blue and white one best !! :rolleyes: .... were they really all these different colours ??

    With the success of the Albatros D.I and D.II, designer Dipl-Ing Robert Thelan began looking for ways to improve on it. In an attempt to improve on maneuverability the French Nieuport's sesquiplane wing planform was adopted. Sadly this wasn't totally for the best, as a number of lower wing failures were to occur and no completely satifactory fix was developed. Despite this, the majority of the German aces scored victories while flying the Albatros Scouts - von Richthofen actually downed 60 of his victories while flying the various models of the D.II/D.III/D.V.

    Annie :)
  2. Adrian Roberts

    Adrian Roberts Active Member

    Yes, the pilots were certainly given considerable artistic licence. Hence of course, the British term for them "Flying Circus" (applied primarily to Manfred von Richthofen's unit Jadgeschwader I, but I bet they didn't always have a clue which unit was attacking them).

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