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Albatros W.8


Albatros W.8

The Albatros W.8 was a patrol floatplane that was designed in 1918 and of which two or possibly three were produced. The W.8 was largely a standard Albatros biplane, but with a numbers of ideas taken from the Brandenburg W.12, most obviously the high-set tailplane, with the horizontal surfaces mounted on the top of the tail. Three Marine serial numbers were allocated to the type but only two are known to have been delivered. The second differed from the first in having a spinner. It was designed to carry out long armed patrols over the North Sea, thus the three and a half hour endurance.

Engine: Benz IIIb V-8
Power: 195hp
Span: 37ft 7 1/4in
Length: 31ft 5 5/8in
Height: 11ft 1 1/2in
Useful load: 1,100lb
Max speed: 94mph
Climb Rate: 6.5 minutes to 3,280ft
Endurance: 3hrs 30mins
Armament: One fixed forward firing Spandau machine gun, one flexibly mounted Parabellum machine gun.


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Construction

The Albatros L 69 was an all-wood , cantilever high- wing aircraft with a fuselage consisting of a plywood-covered wooden frame with a square cross-section with rounded sides and tapering to a point at the stern. The engine mount was connected to the fuselage by four bolts and consisted of tubular steel with aluminum cladding up to the level of the fire bulkhead . Behind it were the crew cabins with two tandem seats , the rear one being intended for the pilot . The continuous wing consisted of a wooden frame with ribs and two spars as well as plywood planking and some fabric covering. The 140-liter fuel tank designed as a drop tank was also housed there. The wing was connected to the fuselage by a flat tubular steel canopy . The tail unit was also self-supporting and comprised the wooden fins covered with plywood and the oars made of tubular steel with fabric covering. The rigid main landing gear consisted of two disc wheels with split axles and tubular steel V-struts for fastening the fuselage. A spring-loaded abrasive spur was attached to the stern .


University of South Florida's Albin Bergstrom makes Hayt history with albatross at No. 18

Albin Bergstrom had a look of horror on his face for a few seconds when he was asked an obvious question: where was the ball that he used to make a historic albatross at the par-5 18th hole of the Sawgrass Country Club on Sunday in the first round of The Hayt?

&ldquoUh-oh,&rdquo the University of South Florida sophomore said. &ldquoI think I hit it into a hazard.&rdquo

After a frantic search through his bag, he came up with the Titleist Pro-V 4.

Bergstrom doesn&rsquot deny putting the ball back into play later in the round but at some point, it developed a scuff and he put it in the bag.

Good thing for him. That ball should now occupy a hallowed spot wherever he keeps his golf trophies.

For one thing, it&rsquos the first 2 on a par-5 in the 29-year history of the tournament, either at Sawgrass from 2000 to the present or Queen&rsquos Harbour in Jacksonville from 1992-1999.

Long-time Sawgrass Country Club members also couldn&rsquot remember anyone making a 2 at the hole, which is 520 yards long from the tips, with water down the entire left side, and a huge bank, by Florida standards, surrounding the right side of the green.

That includes the five years when The Players Championship was held at Sawgrass from 1977-81.

And it may well be the first 2 in competition in USF history. The coaching staff couldn&rsquot think of one and the school&rsquos media guide doesn&rsquot address it one way or another.

But one thing is certain: it was the first albatross for Bergstrom, the 2019 AAC freshman of the year, and a third-team Golfweek All-American.

&ldquoIt felt pretty good,&rdquo said the Bulls&rsquo scoring average leader this season at 69.92. &ldquoI was just happy to keep it on the green.&rdquo

Bergstrom hit a 305-yard drive, then drew his Titleist CB 5-iron and aimed right of the green, hoping a right-to-left wind would push the shot onto the green.

It almost pushed too far. The pin was front-left and cut behind a bunker. The ball cleared the bunker and estimates are it rolled about 12 feet into the hole.

&ldquoI didn&rsquot see it go in but I heard some people behind the green cheering,&rdquo he said.

Bergstrom began his round at the 10th hole, so he had another nine to play. The 2 gave him a 5-under 31 on his front, and he had an up-and-down 1-over 37 on his back, with two birdies and three bogeys, for a 68.

Bergstrom then shot 74 in the second round, which included an 8 on the par-4 first hole.

On his second trip to No. 18, he made a routine birdie.

Bergstrom finished the round tied for seventh at 2-under 142 and is six shots off the lead set by Nick Gabrelck of the host team, the University of North Florida. USF is in ninth place entering Monday&rsquos final round, 20 shots behind UNF.


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