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Kondor Taube

Страна: Германия

Год: 1912

Koch - glider - 1889 - Германия<– –>Kondor - A - 1914 - Германия


O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)


Kondor Taube Type H
  Used, as were most Taube types, for unarmed reconnaissance and scouting duties, the Type H was built in 1915 and as such was the last Taube type constructed. The cut-out in the wing root was to facilitate observation. Engine, 100 h.p. Mercedes D I. Span, 13.5 m. (44 ft. 3 5/8 in.).


Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913


KONDOR. Kondor Flugzeugwerke G.m.b.H., Essen, Ruhr. Fabrik auf dem Flugplatz. Rotthausen. Capacity: 30 or so a year.

   1912. 1913.

Length.............feet(m.) 33? (10.30) 27 (8.20)
Span...............feet(m.) 48? (14.80) 46 (14)
Area..........sq. feet(m?.) 258 (24) 280 (26)
Weight, total....lbs.(kgs.) 1543 ( 700) 1328 600)
   useful...lbs.(kgs.) ... ...
Motor..................h.p. 100 Argus 100 Argus
Speed...........m.p.h.(km.) 65 (105) 70 (112)
Number Built during 1912... 2 ...

Remarks.--Both models torpedo body, on 4 skids. Planes dart V form. Constructor: J. Suwelack.


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Kondor

  Kondor Flugzeugwerken was founded in July 1912, by the Lord Mayor of Dusseldorf, Wilhelm Marr, and several military men. An assembly workshop was constructed in Essen and by 1917 it had grown from about 1,200 m2 to about 1,000,000 m2 in 1917. Shortly after it founding the company brought out a Taube type monoplane that was an immediate success. By 1915/1916 the Company was concerned with the repair of aircraft and in 1917/1918 with the construction of school machines.
  The designers employed by the Company at various times were: E Suvelack (crashed and killed in air combat), Paul Westphal, and Walter Rethel.
  The impetus for the foundation of the company was the establishment of airports at Essen, Gelsenkirchen, and Rotthausen. Suvelack made the first flights from the airport and established the name Kondor. Despite this and their efforts to establish their name by entering competitions and establishing records, the company received no orders for the type.
  The German authorities seemed unable to make up their minds about giving Kondor a contract so the company went to Spain where their demonstrations led to the Spanish Government ordering Kondor Tauben. The outbreak of war saw these machines being impressed by the German Army.
  Large numbers of personnel were called up including Suvelack, the then Director. He was to be killed after 18 months service at the Front. The hiring of a new designer led to the construction of four biplanes in sequence.
  From the summer of 1915 to the end of 1916 the company rebuilt several dozen aircraft. At the end of 1916 a licence was obtained for the construction of Albatros B.II trainers.
  The company transferred their school in April 1915 to the military aerodrome at Grossenheim. In September 1917, all flying activities at the school were transferred to Nordhausen.


Журнал Flight


Flight, September 11, 1914.

AIRCRAFT "MADE IN GERMANY"
WHICH MAY BE EMPLOYED AGAINST THE ALLIES.

23. The Kondor Taube
  resembles other monoplanes of this type in the shape of its wings and their bracing, but an attempt has been made to provide a better streamline fuselage. This member in the Kondor Taube is of circular section, with openings cut out of the top for the engine, passenger and pilot. The chassis is somewhat similar to that of the early Blackburn monoplane, and although appearing to be particularly strong would seem to offer a considerable amount of head resistance. The tubular axle is slung from the two short skids by means of rubber shock-absorbers. The flexing elevator forms a continuation of the fixed portion of the horizontal tail plane, and symmetrically divided rudders and vertical tail fins are fitted above and below the tail plane. Evidently the reduction of head resistance obtained by the circular fuselage is more than counteracted by the complicated chassis and wing bracing, for the speed of the machine with 100 h.p. Mercedes engine is only just over 60 miles per hour.

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Kondor Taube H A 255/14
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Kondor Type A Taube in flight shows its interesting wing planform. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor type A Taube at the Kondor factory with Ing. Suvelak in the cockpit. The designations type A through G were given for convenience by the author; as far as is known these designations were not used by Kondor. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor type A Taube. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor Type A Taube on display. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type A Taube. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor Type A Taube on display. The Type A had an early 4-wheel landing gear. The engine was a 4-cylinder Benz. Identification of the various Kondor Taube is not certain and most of these identifications are tentative. The Kondor Type A was designed and built pre-war. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type B Taube was powered by a 6-cylinder Mercedes engine. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor Type B Taube with 4-wheel landing gear was built pre-war. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type C Taube with nose radiator and 2-wheel landing gear. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type C Taube with nose radiator and 2-wheel landing gear. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor Type C Taube at the Kondor factory was another pre-war design. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type C Taube with nose radiator and 2-wheel landing gear. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type D Taube number 5 with semi-circular radiator. It retained the older 2-wheel landing gear with nose-over skid and was another pre-war design. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor Type D Taube in front of the Kondor factory. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type D Taube. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor Type D Taube after a rough landing. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type E Taube. The 2-wheel landing gear was more advanced and lacked the nose-over skid. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type E Taube in its hangar. The landing gear lacked the nose-over skid and was simpler and more robust. National insignia have been applied to the rudders. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type E Taube in flight. Note the national insignia under the wings. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type G Taube. Originally designed for Spain, being displayed to the Spanish in Madrid on 1 February 1914, the small number built were confiscated for the German Army air service when the war started. This is ironic as Kondor had unsuccessfully tried to sell their aircraft to the German Army before the war. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type G Taube at a pre-war aviation meet with semi-circular radiator. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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A German Kondor Taube monoplane in the Spanish Service.
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Kondor Type H Taube. Kondor abandoned the circular fuselage for an easier to build rectangular fuselage. Engine was a 100 hp Mercedes D.I; span was 14.0 m., length was 9.8 m. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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J.Herris - German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Volume I /Centennial Perspective/
Kondor was one of the many German manufacturers to build aircraft to the Taube configuration. Kondor built a number of varieties of Taube before the war; above is a Type H. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type H Taube in front of the Kondor factory. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type H Taube with pilot. The type H appears to be an actual designation used by Kondor, but any other factory designations used by Kondor are unknown. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type H Taube with factory staff. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type H Taube. Engine was a 100 hp Mercedes D.I. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Kondor Type H Taube A255/14 in the field. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
Журнал - Flight за 1914 г.
23. The Kondor Taube.