Corgi AA37809 – 1/48 Scale Albatros D.V Diecast Model
Aviation Archieves Series
|Length||15.3 cm||6.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||18.8 cm||7.40 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included.
1/48 Scale Albatros D.V, Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte – Corgi AA37809
Corgi AA37809 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Albatros D.V, serial number 2059/17, piloted by Manfred von Richthofen, JG1, Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (German WWI air force). While stationed at Marckebeke, Belgium during late August 1917.
The Albatros D.V is a German single-seat, single-engine biplane fighter that first flew on April 1917, entering service in May 1917. Built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke, it was the final variant of the Albatros D.I family. Like its predecessors, it suffered structural failure of wings and fuselage, to address this Albatros developed the stronger D.Va. Production ended in April 1918 with approximately 900 D.V, and 1,612 D.Va built. The D.Va remained in operational service until the end of the war and post-war served with the Polish air force.
The elliptical cross-section fuselage structure is primarily moulded plywood with a light wooden framework. The sesquiplane single-bay, wire braced wings and cantilevered tail are also of wood and fabric construction. Flight control surfaces are made of steel tube frames and fabric. The undercarriage is a fixed tailwheel type with the main assemblies mounted to the fuselage.
It used a single Mercedes D.III, a liquid-cooled, inline six-cylinder engine driving a two-bladed wooden propeller. The Albatros D.V had a maximum speed of 186 km/h (116 mph), Mach 1.15, a service ceiling of 5,700 m (18,700 ft), and a range of 350 km (217 mi).
Armament consisted of two 7.92mm Spandau LMG 08/15 machine guns mounted atop the fuselage nose, synchronised to fire through the propeller arc.
Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen (1892 – 1918), also known as the “Red Baron”, was a fighter pilot with the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte and top-scoring ace of World War I, credited with 80 aerial victories. He became the leader of Jasta 11 and then Jagdgeschwader 1, “The Flying Circus” with its brightly coloured aircraft. On April 21, 1918, Richthofen was shot down and killed near Vaux-sur-Somme, France.