The Albatros C.III was a general purpose two-seat plane and was a refined version of the successful C.I and C.II models. Improvements in the tail structure made the C.III more agile than its predecessors and it was produced in large numbers.
The Albatros C.III was originally armed with a Parabellum machine gun mounted on a pivot in the rear cockpit. Later versions also had a synchronized machine gun mounted on the fuselage. The C.III was used for reconnaissance, aerial photography, and light bombing.
Bulgaria, recovering from its losses in the 2nd Balkan War, did not enter World War I until 1915. Bulgaria allied with the Central Powers and flew planes provided by Germany with standard German markings.
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|
|First Year of Service||1916|
|Wing Span||38.3 ft | 11.7 m|
|Length||26.3 ft | 8 m|
|Height||10.2 ft | 3.1 m|
|Weight||2977 lbs | 1353 kg|
|Engine||Mercedes D III 6 cylinder liquid cooled inline engine, 160hp|
|Top Speed||87.5 mph | 140 km/h|
|Range||350 miles | 560 km|
|Armament||1 or 2 machine guns|