Saturday, 15 June 2013

Albatros Al 101

Focke-Wulf-built Albatros Al 101 D, D-258?, parasol-wing trainer, photographed during the first half of the 1930s. Exact date and location unknown.

The D-258? Kennzeichen narrows the identity of this Al 101 down to a batch of five aircraft: D-2580 (Werknummer 188), D-2581 (Werknummer 189), D-2582 (Werknummer 190), D-2583 (Werknummer 191), or D-2584 (Werknummer 192), all assigned to the Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule (DVS - German Air Transport School). The DVS was a disguised military training establishment, in operation before the official formation of the Luftwaffe in 1935. (Fischer collection, additional aircraft identity confirmation courtesy of the LEMB Stammkennzeichen Database Project)

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