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Albatros C.III

Albatros C.III

Albatros C.III

Role: General purpose
Manufacturer: Albatros Flugzeugwerke
Primary users: Luftstreitkrx¤fte Polish Air Force Finnish Air Force Bulgarian Air Force Lithuanian Air Force

The Albatros C.III was a German two-seat general-purpose biplane of World War I, built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke. The C.III was a refined version of the successful Albatros C.I and was eventually produced in greater numbers than any other C-type Albatros. It was used in a wide variety of roles including observation, photo-reconnaissance, light-bombing and bomber escort. 18 C.IIIs were delivered in August 1916 to Bulgaria. They were destroyed in 1920 in accordance with the clauses of the Peace Treaty.[1]

Like its predecessor, the C.III was a popular aircraft with rugged construction and viceless handling. The most prominent difference between the two was the revised tail, the C.III having a lower, rounded tail compared to the large, triangular tail of the C.I, granting the C.III greater agility. The powerplant was either a 110 kW (150 hp) Benz Bz. III or a 120 kW (160 hp) Mercedes D.III inline engine and, like numerous other two-seaters of the war (such as the British Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8) the cylinder head and exhaust manifold protruded above the front fuselage, limiting the pilot's forward visibility.

The observer, who occupied the rear cockpit, was armed with 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun. Some C.III aircraft were fitted with interrupter gear and a single forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun. The C.III could also carry a bombload of up to 90 kg (200 lb) in a small internal bomb bay.

Between 1926 and 1927, two Mercedes D.III engined copies were built from saved parts and components of the destroyed aircraft [1] by the Bulgarian state aircraft workshops as the DAR 2 for use as trainers.



Bulgarian Air Force


Finnish Air Force

German Empire Lithuania

Lithuanian Air Force


Polish Air Force

Specifications (C.III)

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General characteristics

Crew: two
Length: 8.0 m (26 ft 3 in)
Wingspan: 11.69 m (38 ft 4 in)
Height: 3.10 m (10 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 36.91 m² (397 ft²)
Empty weight: 851 kg (1,876 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 1,353 kg (2,983 lb)
Powerplant: 1x— Benz Bz.III, 112 kW (150 hp) or Mercedes D.III liquid-cooled inline engine, 120 kW (160 hp)


Maximum speed: 140 km/h (76 kn, 87 mph)
Service ceiling: 3,350 m (11,000 ft)
Endurance: 4 hours


Guns: 1 x— 7.92 mm (.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun in observer's cockpit and 1 x— 7.92 mm MG 08 in the nose
Bombs: up to 200 lbs of bombs

Related development

Albatros C.I
Albatros C.V

Comparable aircraft

Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
Aviatik C.I
Rumpler C.I

[1] Y. MIlanov: The aviation in Bulgaria in the wars from 1912 to 1945, Vol.I. Sveti Gueorgui Pobedonosetz, Sofia, 1995 (in Bulgarian)

Bernx¡d, Dénes. "Balkan Birds: Thirty Five Years of Bulgarian Aircraft Production". Air Enthusiast (Stamford, Lincs, UK: Key Publishing) (94, July/August 2001): 18-30. ISSN 0143-5450.

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