by Rade
uploaded 2019-08-10
(updated 2020-02-24)
stock+DLC aircraft
#cargoplane #propeller #heavylift


A stock aircraft called Albatross. Built with 285 of the finest parts, its root part is Tube4.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.9.0.

Updated for the 1.9. Unfortunately it seems that the SQUAD had made some changes to the propeller blades in one of the patches, and because of that maximum speed have been reduced to about 200m/s.

Albatross is a heavy lift cargo airplane modeled after the Antonov An-22. If features cargo bay that is 5m in diameter and 20m long, and it can lift up to 120t of payload.

Thanks to the powerful yet very efficient engines it can stay in the air for 12 hours. Maximum speed at low altitude is 214m/s and 232m/s at altitudes between 3500 and 4000 meters.

Some notes about operating this plane:
- main throttle controls the engine torque and blade pitch.
- I and K controls trim for airplane pitch, you can use this to fine tune vertical velocity at cruise speeds.
- J and L control the clamps in the cargo bay, you can use them to hold down the cargo you’re transporting.
- 1 will toggle the fuel cells.
- To open the cargo bay first manually undock 2 docking ports in front part of the cargo bay. After that press 0 to lift up the cockpit and extend the loading ramps. Then you can press 9 to fold down the front landing gear.
- 8 will toggle 2 inflatable airlocks, you can transfer the crew from the cockpit or crew cabins into the airlocks to be able to get in or out of the plane.
- Because of the way the fairings work, if you load up cargo into the plane, it will not be shielded from the drag. But if you load the cargo and then leave the scene by going back to space center and then go back to the plane, the fairing on the cargo bay should work as intended and shield the cargo from the drag.
- When you’re loading up the cargo you should position it close to the center ring in the cargo bay, that way the weight of the cargo will not move CoM of the plane.
- Takeoff speed is about 75 m/s for the empty plane.
- For the fully loaded plane with 120t of cargo you should be going at least 115-120m/s before attempting to take off, so make sure you have entire runway in order to reach needed takeoff speed.


  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 285
  • Pure Stock
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