07/31/2012. To evade Allied Control restrictions, the Albatros company formed a subsidiary in Memel, Lithuania in 1925, the Allgemeine Fluggesellschaft Memel mbH. Designed by Albatross, the L-65 (Albatros' first military aircraft developed after 1918) was built at Memel in 1925 under the designation AFG 1 (hence it is sometimes referred to as the Memel AFG 1).
The two-seat reconnaissance aircraft was to be fitted with a fixed machinegun firing through the prop arc and a flexible machinegun used by the observer in the dorsal position. As usual with Albatros designs, the main part of the fuselage was made of wood, and powerplant was a 450 hp Napier Lion XI twelve-cylinder three-row in-line engine. Additional photo (site files).
After the first test flights in 1925, the AFG 1 was demonstrated to General Kraucevicius, chief of the Lithuanian AF, as the first Lithuanian aircraft, however, no acquisition followed. A few years later, February 1928, it was registered as D-1006 to the DVL (Deutschen Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt, German Institute for Experimental Aviation), in April 1928 to the Albatros company, while it was withdrawn from use in January 1929.
In 1926 a more powerful second aircraft was offered as the L 65/II, but it was not produced.