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Albatros W 8

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I am not sure if this was a secret project or not, but for years now i have been looking for information on the T tailed Albatros W 8 of 1918. This was a twin float biplane.

Photos & partiularly a 3 view drawing would be welcome.

Cheers TASSE.
 

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any other information i don't know, i suppose was a deveploment of Albatros W4 ( floatplane)
http://www.historicaircraft.org/WW1-Gallery/pages/Albatros-W8.html
 

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A photo of the Albatros W.8 can be found at the following link:

The German Wiki site uses the same photo, but at least there the description makes clear, that it doesn't actually show the
W.8, mentioning that it used a T-tail. The W.8 was a much more modern design, compared to the shown one, see the photo
from Jack Herris "German Seaplane Fighters of WW I"
The Wiki photo shows the Albatross WDD from 1913, according to "Wasserflugzeuge - Flugboote, Amphibien,Schwimmerflugzeuge"
from the series "Die deutsche Luftfahrt", Bernard & Graefe publishing
 

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Something that has mystified me is the attitude of early aircraft designers that a clear forward view for the pilot is unnecessary. The pilot's view forward in the W-8 is cluttered, but he does have some sight of what is directly in front of his airplane. A number of WWI types have a radiator or fuselage structure blocking the pilot's view.

Anyone know why the early designers were so unconcerned about the pilot's forward view?
 

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Anyone know why the early designers were so unconcerned about the pilot's forward view?
I don't think it was lack of concern: It was juggling priorities.
In those early times they had difficulty cooling engines, and getting the radiator into the propwash was just more important.
 

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