Johannisthal Eagle: The Albatros D.III and D.V/Va
By Bob Pearson
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.