Rise of Flight’s Three Free Planes (Part 2)
This month I continue with the second in a three part series covering the free planes that come with the Free-to-Play (F2P) RoF website or Steam version World War I simulator/game.
Second up is the Albatros D.Va German fighter, manufactured at the Albatros Werke and Osdeutsche Werke. The Albatros D.Va was a re-engineering of the older Albatros D.III. It had been determined that the D.III had a design flaw that showed up with the lower wings failing in a steep dive. To overcome this problem engineers tried moving the aileron control wires from the lower wing to the upper wing.
Test flights were carried out in the spring of 1917. In addition, the new plane’s changes included: increasing the tail fin surface, lowering the top wing closer to the fuselage, modification of the radiator location, making the fuselage more rounded and improving the Mercedes D.IIIa engine’s high altitude characteristics.
With these modifications the plane was designated: Albatros D.Va and placed into service in May 1917. After deployment, pilots placed little confidence in the improved lower wing structure and continued to refuse to place the plane in steep dives. Again, the engineers moved the aileron wires back to the lower wing and strengthened the wings attachment points.
The Albatros D.Va fought battles in both the Western Front and Palestinian Front. In total, 1650 D.Vs and D.Vas were built.
Engine: Inline 6 cylinder, Mercedes D.IIIa engine
Height 270 cm 8.9 ft.
Length 733 cm 24.0 ft.
Wing Span 905 cm 29.7 ft.
Wing Surface 21.2 Sq. m 228.2 sq. ft.
Empty 680 kg 1,499 lbs.
Takeoff 915 kg 2.017 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 103 L 27.2 gal. (US)
Oil Capacity 9 L 2.38 gal. (US)
1000 m 4 min. 23 sec. 3,281 ft.
2000 m 8 min. 46 sec. 6,562 ft. (1.24 sm)
3000 m 14 min. 32 sec. 9,842 ft. (1.86 sm)
4000 m 22 min. 30 sec. 13,123 ft. (2.49 sm)
5000 m 35 min. 55 sec. 16.404 ft. (3.11 sm)
Maximum speed: (IAS: kph)
sea level 170 106 mph
1000 m 162 101 mph @ 3,281 ft.
2000 m 154 96 mph @ 6,562 ft.
3000 m 145 90 mph @ 9,842 ft.
4000 m 135 84 mph @ 13,123 ft.
5000 m 124 77 mph @ 16,404 ft.
Service ceiling: 5600 m 18,372 ft.
Endurance @ 1000 m 3,281 ft.
nominal power (combat) 1 h. 30 min.
minimal power (cruise) 3 h. 10 min.
Armament: cowl mounted 2 x LMB 08/15 Spandau 7.92 mm 500 rounds/barrel.
A few observational notes: The RoF Albatros D.Va is a turn fighter type plane with stable control characteristics along with good speed and climb rate.
For homework view the "Training Films" listed below.
Cockpit familiarization and takeoff procedures HERE
Landing procedures HERE
*Please note that the video IS
for a D.Va but it begins:”Landing the Fokker Dr.1.”
These videos were made without the mods turned on so, the altimeter is not mounted in the cockpit and the anemometer (airspeed indicator) is not mounted on the right wing. Please use the on-screen “Simple Gauges.”
Extra credit: Where is the fuel indicator/gauge located?