Spad Vii Vs Albatros D Iii: 1917-18 by Jon GuttmanSpad Vii Vs Albatros D Iii: 1917-18 by Jon Guttman

Spad Vii Vs Albatros D Iii: 1917-18

byJon GuttmanIllustratorJim Laurier

Paperback | April 19, 2011

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When originally conceived, the French SPAD VII and German Albatros D II represented steps away from an emphasis on maneuver in aerial combat in favor of speed and durability - factors that came into play in hit-and-run tactics. At the end of 1916, however, Albatros tried to have the best of both worlds by incorporating the sesquiplane wing of the nimble Nieuport 17 into its D III. The result combined the better downward view and maneuverability of the Nieuport with the power and twin machine guns of the Albatros D II, but at a high price - a disturbing tendency for the single-spar lower wing to fail in a dive.

While Albatros (and the Austrian Oeffag firm, which built the fighter under license) sought to alleviate that weakness with various reinforcing measures, the Germans developed tactics to maximize the D III's strengths and minimize its shortcomings. At the same time, the French worked to improve the SPAD VII with more power and a more reliable cooling system before moving on to the twin-gunned SPAD XIII. While all that was going on, the Albatros D III became a mainstay of the German and Austro-Hungarian air services in frequent encounters with SPAD VIIs flown by French, Belgian, British, Italian and American airmen.

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is currently research editor for Weider History Publications. Specializing in World War I aviation, he has written eleven titles for Osprey including the popular Balloon-Busting Aces of World War I in the Aircraft of the Aces series.
Title:Spad Vii Vs Albatros D Iii: 1917-18Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.88 × 7.16 × 0.3 inPublished:April 19, 2011Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849084750

ISBN - 13:9781849084758

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Table of Contents

Chronology - Design and Development - The Strategic Situation - Technical Specifications - The Combatants - Combat - Statistics and Analysis - Aftermath and Conclusion - Bibliography and Further Reading - Glossary

Editorial Reviews

"As with all Duel volumes, this one features helpful maps, rare photos and superb artwork. Five Stars." -Barrett Tillman, The Aerodrome"Authoritatively researched, documented, and presented... Students of Albatrosen or SPADs in particular, and WWI air combat in general should be thrilled by this book." -Frederick Boucher, AeroScale"...this 80-page work contains all that most readers would ever want to know about comparing these two fabled fighters." -Peter Kilduff, Between the Bookends