ⓘ Albatros J.I

                                     

ⓘ Albatros J.I

The Albatros J.I was a "J-class" derivative of the Albatros C.XII reconnaissance aircraft. The J.I utilized the wings and tail of the C.XII, which were joined to a new slab-sided fuselage. The crew compartment was protected by 490 kg 1.080 lb of steel armor plate, while the engine was left unprotected. The sides and bottom were 5 mm thick chrome nickel steel plate that was bolted to the wood frame.

The food was provided 150 kW 200 HP Benz BZ.IV, which gave marginal productivity combined with the heavy J. I airframe. The fixed 7.92 mm. machine guns in the 312 shot down to facilitate the attack of ground targets.

The Albatros J. I was developed for low-altitude battlefield reconnaissance and assault missions, often at altitudes of 50 meters 150 meters or less. Albatros J. these were mostly issued Flieger Abteilungen in support of the army corps or army headquarters.

German units began receiving the J. is in April 1918, they were first used in the battle of the Lys. The aircraft was popular with crews due to the armor protection and good visibility low engine. Operational success, the main drawback was the lack of armor.

By June 1918, the new Albatros J. II started to replace J. I at the front. The older the aircraft, however, served until the armistice. Two were purchased by Austria-Hungary. After the war, he was still controlled by Poland, Norway, Ukraine. Poland was the largest post-war user of the type operating 10 aircraft, which had been captured during the big uprising in Poland 1918-19. They were used during the Soviet-Polish war, and four aircraft had been borrowed from Poland, from September 1920 to February 1921 at 1st allies Zaporozhye aviation squadron of the Ukrainian army peoples.