Air Force

ALBATROS C.III


Albatros C.III #22 Albatros C.III #26 Albatros C.III Albatros C.III Albatros C.III

 

Albatros C.III #22 - April 1923 Albatros C.III #1145/18 - July 22, 1920 Albatros C.III #22

Source: Mostly former German aircraft, #64 was built from scratch.

Acquired: 1919 (#64 in 1929)

Type: trainer

Engine:

Dimensions
Length: 8.6 m
Wing Span: 14.3 m
Height: 3.5 m
Max Speed: 100 km/hr

Range: 650 km

Maximum Ceiling: 3000 m

Known Serial Numbers: 22, 25, 26, 29

Notes

  • 1145/18
    • Original serial number: 1145. The aircraft was in service for only a few days so it is unknown if a Latvian serial number was ever assigned/applied.
    • July 17, 1920 - test flown by V.Jakubovs and then turned over to the Aviation Park for active service.
    • July 22, 1920 - pilot Vizins takes #1145 on a familiarization flight in preparation for the Aviation Festival at Spilve on July 25. Flying over the Daugava River at an altitude of 150 metres the engine stopped. Vizins was too far from Spilve to glide back to the aerodrome, so he was forced to bring the aircraft down on the water near the export docks. The pilot was only slightly injured, but the aircraft sank and, when recovered on July 31, was deemed to be beyond repair.
  • #22
    • April 28, 1923 - crashed heavily.
    • May 17, 1923 - written off as beyond repair.
  • #25
    • February 18, 1921 - After rebuild, this aircraft is test flown and placed on the active roster.
    • June 15, 1924 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Spilve.
      Date Personnel Duration Notes
      June 20, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight over aerodrome
      June 25, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight over aerodrome
      June 27, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      June 28, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      25 min training flight over aerodrome
      June 29, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 2, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 3, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 5, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      5 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 6, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 10, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      5 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 13, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 18, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      5 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 25, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      5 min training flight over aerodrome
      July 31, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 1, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 3, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 4, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      20 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 7, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      15 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 8, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      10 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 9, 1923 p - Zarins
      o - Gulbis
      20 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 9, 1923 p - Gulbis 10 min First solo flight
      August 9, 1923 p - Gulbis 10 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 14, 1923 p - Gulbis 25 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 14, 1923 p - Gulbis 10 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 15, 1923 p - Gulbis 15 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 18, 1923 p - Gulbis 20 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 22, 1923 p - Gulbis 25 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 23, 1923 p - Gulbis 5 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 24, 1923 p - Gulbis 15 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 24, 1923 p - Gulbis 25 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 29, 1923 p - Gulbis 15 min training flight over aerodrome
      August 30, 1923 p - Gulbis 35 min training flight over aerodrome
      September 4, 1923 p - Gulbis 20 min training flight over aerodrome
      September 5, 1923 p - Gulbis 15 min training flight over aerodrome
      September 5, 1923 p - Gulbis 35 min training flight over aerodrome
      September 6, 1923 p - Gulbis 70 min training flight over aerodrome
      September 7, 1923 p - Gulbis
      o - Birzulis
      35 min training flight - forced landing near Incukalns. Aircraft undamaged.
      September 14, 1923 p - Gulbis
      o - Bergmanis
      30 min training flight - forced landing (engine trouble). Minor damage
      September 26, 1923 p - Gulbis
      o - Vistins
      50 min Gulbis' final Flight School training flight
      February 14, 1924 p - Gulbis 25 min training flight
      February 14, 1924 p - Gulbis 40 min training flight
      February 19, 1924 p - Gulbis 60 min training flight
      February 19, 1924 p - Gulbis 65 min training flight
  • #26
    • Original serial no. 1158/18
    • February, 1921 - Assigned to 3rd Aviation Section. (Presumably not yet flying)
    • April 6, 1921 - after rebuild, this aircraft is test flown and placed on the active roster.
    • Sept.11, 1921 - crashes on aerodrome.
    • Mercedes 160 hp engine
  • #29
    • Original serial number: 2345/16
    • June 2, 1920 - V.Jakubovs transports the leader of the British Baltic mission (Turner) to Kaunas in Albatros #29.
  • #64
    • This was a heavily modified C.III built at Arsenals by Karlis Skaubitis.
    • Skaubitis was paid an additional 200 lati for this project.
    • The aircraft had control ailerons on both the upper and the lower wings, and had a noticeably widened fuselage to accommodate recon camera equipment.
    • Equipped with a 260-hp Mercedes engine.
    • July 13, 1929 - First test flight
    • Sept. 5, 1929 - Fatal crash at Spilve, claiming the lives of Skaubitis and Bonifacijs Mazurs. The aircraft lost power shortly after takeoff. The pilot attempted to turn back towards the aerodrome and slipped into an irrecoverable spin. The plane crashed heavily and, along with the occupants, burned.



Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Gray & Thetford German Aircraft of the First World War
- Humberstone, R. (ed) Latvian Air Force 1918-1840
- Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
- Windsock Datafile #13 (Albatros C.III)
- Additional information (dates of flights) taken from R.Gulbis' log book

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