WW1 photo postcard of German Albatros D. biplane in flight c. 1917

$42.00 USD

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Nice photo postcard  of a German Albatros D. biplane in flight, taken from another plane. The Albatros D. was one of Germany’s most successful fighter scout planes. 

Written in German on back “Albatros in den Lüften” (“Albatros in the air”).

Smudging/toning on back.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)

The Albatross D. was produced in response to successes by Allied planes.

The Albatros D. was a single engine plane, but two different types of engines were used to power it. One option was the Benz Bz.III, the other the Mercedes D.III engine. When the Albatros was first produced, they were the most powerful engines fitted to any fighting scout plane.

The Albatros D. was fitted with twin synchronized machine-guns...Combined with the interrupter gears that allowed German pilots to fire safely through the space occupied by their own propellers, they turned the scout plane into a fearsome instrument of destruction.

The Albatros D. was a fast climbing plane, able to reach an altitude of 1000m in only six minutes. It was an impressive rate of ascent. It was particularly important because of the way that fighter pilots fought. Manfred von Richthofen, the most famous air ace of the whole war, had developed tactics of descending from above. It gave the attacking plane greater speed, an element of surprise, and an advantage in the maneuvers that followed the first moment of engagement. Being able to climb quickly made it easier to pull off the battle winning tactic.