Friedrichshafen FF.49

Friedrichshafen FF.49 was a German, two-seat, single-engine float-plane designed by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen in 1917.

FF.49
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Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH
First flight 1917
Introduction September 1917
Primary users Kaiserliche Marine
Finnish Air Force
Polish Air Force
Danish Navy
Number built 240
Developed from Friedrichshafen FF.33

VariantsEdit

FF.39
Two-seat reconnaissance float-plane, powered by a 150 kW (200 hp) Benz Bz.IV water-cooled 6-cylinder piston engine. 14 built.
FF.49b
Two-seat bomber float-plane. 25 built.
FF.49c
Two-seat reconnaissance float-plane.
Orlogsværftet HB.II
Seven FF.49s re-conditioned at the Orlogsværftet / Flyvetroppernes Værksteder in Denmark.

OperatorsEdit

  Denmark
Royal Danish Navy
Danish Air Lines (postwar), (one FF.49C)
  Finland
Finnish Air Force (four FF.49C, one FF.49B; in use 1918–1923)
  German Empire
Kaiserliche Marine
  Netherlands
Royal Netherlands Navy
  Norway
(four FF.49C, by A/S Aero)
  Poland
Polish Air Force (postwar)
  Sweden
Swedish Navy (postwar), (two FF.49C, in use 1919–1924)

Specifications (FF.49c)Edit

 
An FF.49 taking-off for a reconnaissance flight.

Data from Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH,[1] Thulinista Hornetiin – 75 vuotta Suomen ilmavoimien lentokoneita[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 11.65 m (38 ft 3 in)
  • Upper wingspan: 17.15 m (56 ft 3 in)
  • Lower wingspan: 16.7 m (54 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 4.45 m (14 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 71.16 m2 (766.0 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,515 kg (3,340 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,147 kg (4,733 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 294 kg (648 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IV 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line piston engine, 150 kW (200 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph, 76 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 130 km/h (81 mph, 70 kn)
  • Range: 700 km (430 mi, 380 nmi)
  • Endurance: 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Time to altitude:
800 m (2,600 ft) in 6 minutes 12 seconds
1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 8 minutes
1,500 m (4,900 ft) in 13 minutes 12 seconds

Armament

  • Guns: 1 × fixed forward-firing 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun ; 1x flexible 7.92 mm (0.312 in) Parabellum MG14
  • Bombs: 4 × 12.7 kg (28 lb) bombs

See alsoEdit

Related lists

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kober, Theodor von; Borzutzki, Siegfried. Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH (in German) (1. Aufl ed.). Burbach. pp. 146–148. ISBN 978-3927513600.
  2. ^ Timo Heinonen (1992). Thulinista Hornetiin – 75 vuotta Suomen ilmavoimien lentokoneita (in Finnish). Tikkakoski: Keski-Suomen ilmailumuseo. ISBN 951-95688-2-4.

BibliographyEdit

  • Klaauw, Bart van der (March–April 1999). "Unexpected Windfalls: Accidentally or Deliberately, More than 100 Aircraft 'arrived' in Dutch Territory During the Great War". Air Enthusiast (80): 54–59. ISSN 0143-5450.
  • Nelcarz, Bartolomiej & Peczkowski, Robert (2001). White Eagles: The Aircraft, Men and Operations of the Polish Air Force 1918–1939. Ottringham, UK: Hikoki Publications. ISBN 1-902109-73-2.