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SE 5a vs Albatros D V: Western Front 1917-18 (Duel #20)

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Amid the ongoing quest for aerial superiority during World War I, the late spring of 1917 saw two competing attempts to refine proven designs. The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5a incorporated improvements to the original SE 5 airframe along with 50 more horsepower to produce a fast, reliable ace-maker. The Albatros D V, a sleeker development of the deadly D III of 'Bloody Apr ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Osprey Publishing
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Sean Chick
A solid summation of a rather uneven contest between two rather unremarkable workhorses. The SE5a got the better of the Albatros DV but fortunately its own weaknesses (poor gun layout, lack of maneuverability) gave the Albatros DV a fighting chance with a good pilot and/or the tactical advantage.
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