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Friedrichshafen FF43

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916

Fighter

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


Friedrichshafen FF 43
  This neat little single-seater was designed for seaplane station defence duties, but only a single machine (No. 749) was built. It was delivered in June 1916. Engine, 160 h.p. Mercedes D III. Span, 9.92 m. (32 ft. 6 5/8 in.). Length, 8.5 m. (27 ft. 10 3/4 in.). Height, 3.39 m. (11 ft. 1 1/2 in.). Area, 31 sq.m. (335 sq.ft.). Weights: Empty, 798 kg. (1,756 lb.). Loaded, 1,078 kg. (2,372 lb.). Speed, 163 km.hr. (101.875 m.p.h.). Climb, 1,000 m. (3,280 ft.) in 6 min., 2,000 m. (6,560 ft.) in 12 min. Armament, two Spandau machine-guns forward.


W.Green, G.Swanborough The Complete Book of Fighters


FRIEDRICHSHAFEN FF 46 (D I) Germany

  In the summer of 1916, the German Navy ordered a variety of waterborne single-seat fighters for evaluation, one of these being the FF 43 twin-float single-bay biplane from the Manzell factory of the Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen on 8 June 1916. Powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D III engine and armed with one synchronised 7,92-mm machine gun, the FF 43 was completed on 29 August 1916, and delivered to the Seeflugzeug Versuchs Kommando (Seaplane Testing Command) at Warnemunde for acceptance testing on 8 September. Sent to the Zeebrugge naval air station on 6 October for evaluation under operational conditions in the North Sea, the FF 43 was not accepted for production, being officially struck-off on 13 April 1917.

Max speed, 101 mph (163 km/h).
Time to 3,280 ft (1 000 m), 6.0 min, to 6,560 ft (2 000 m), 12.0 min.
Empty weight, 1,759 lb (798 kg).
Loaded weight, 2,377 lb (1078 kg).
Span, 32 ft 6 1/2 in (9,92 m).
Length, 28 ft 0 3/5 in (8,55 m).
Height, 10 ft 11 9/10 in (3,35 m).
Wing area, 333.69 sq ft (31,00 m2).


J.Herris German Seaplane Fighters of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 2)


Friedrichshafen FF43

  Friedrichshafen was the largest supplier of seaplanes to the German Navy, and its products were noted for being robust and having good seakeeping qualities. The Friedrichshafen FF43, Marine #749, was an original seaplane fighter design powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III that first flew on 30 September 1916 but remained a single prototype. Mounting two
machine guns, it had a maximum speed of 163 km/h. This was slightly faster than the contemporary Albatros W4 that was selected for production, so the FF43 must have had other shortcomings, and one source notes that it had a poor rate of climb, which is probably why it was not selected for a production order.


J.Herris Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 21)


Friedrichshafen FF43

  Friedrichshafen's FF43, Marine #749, was an original seaplane fighter design powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III that first flew on 8 September 1916. It was delivered to the SVK about 30 September but remained a single prototype. Mounting two machine guns, it had a maximum speed of 163 km/h. This was slightly faster than the contemporary Albatros W4 that was selected for production, so the FF43 must have had other shortcomings, and one source notes that it had a poor rate of climb, which is probably why it was not selected for a production order.
  Although it remained a single prototype, the German Navy was constantly short of aircraft and the FF43 was assigned to Zeebrugge for operational service. On November 10, 1916, Ltn.z.S. Schuler, while flying the FF43, shot down one of two Short seaplanes he encountered during a coastal patrol between Zeebrugge and Dunkirk.

Friedrichshafen FF43 Specifications
Engine: 160 hp Mercedes D.III
Wing: Span, Upper 9.92 m
Span, Lower 9.40 m
Area 31.0 m2
General: Length 8.55 m
Height 3.35 m
Empty Weight 798 kg
Loaded Weight 1,078 kg
Maximum Speed: 163 km/h
Range: 400 km
Climb: 1000m 6.0 min
2000m 9.0 min
3000m 22.0 min
Service Ceiling: 3,000 m


Журнал Flight


Flight, October 23, 1919.

SOME FRIEDRICHSHAFEN "MILESTONES"

"The F.F. 43
  "THIS machine, which is shown in Figs. 24 and 25, was a single-seater fighter, very easy on the controls and quite fast and with a good climb. It also started from and alighted on the sea very easily. By way of armament it was fitted with one, sometimes two, fixed machine-guns. A characteristic feature of this type was that the pilot sat with his eyes on a level with the rear spar of the top plane, so that he could easily look either over or under the plane, which was a great advantage for fighting in the air.

J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
FF43 MN 749 was delivered the end of Sep. 1916. Later assigned to Zeebrugge, on 10 Nov. 1916 Ltn.z.S. Schuler downed a Short seaplane while flying it.
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Friedrichshafen's response to the request for a single-seat fighter floatplane with the neat, streamlined FF43 using the 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine. Despite its sleek appearance, only one prototype was built.
The FF43 was a well-streamlined aircraft of good proportions that looked a likely prospect for production.
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The FF43 prototype with Marine Number and national insignia applied. Despite remaining a single prototype, the FF43 was assigned to Zeebrugge for operational service. On November 10, 1916, Lt.z.S. Schuler shot down one of two Short seaplanes he encountered during a coastal patrol between Zeebrugge and Dunkirk while flying the FF43. This was probably Short 184 serial 9054 of Ft.Lt. JD Hume & CPO WE Bradley from Westgate who were KIA in North Sea that day.
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The prototype Friedrichshafen FF43 on the ramp of the airship hall at the Friedrichshafen works. The assigned Marine Number, #749, has not yet been applied.
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The FF43 under evaluation at the Seeflug-Erprobung (Seaplane Test Facility) at Warnemunde. With better speed than the Albatros W4 and two guns to the W4's single gun (until later production W4 batches), the FF43 seemed to offer as much potential as the W4. However, the FF43 was not chosen for production, perhaps due to a mediocre rate of climb.
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The prototype FF43 front view shows it was well streamlined for its time.
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The FF43 at the airship hall before its markings were applied.
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The FF43 at the airship hall before its Marine Number was applied.
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FF43 outside the airship hall before markings were applied.
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The FF43 with wings removed shows details of the float struts.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The FF43 with wings removed shows details of the float struts.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The FF43 without engine cowling shows engine details and the right gun mount.
J.Herris - Albatros Aircraft of WWI. Volume 3: Bombers, Seaplanes, J-types /Centennial Perspective/ (3)
Albatros W.4 prototype MN 747 with visiting dignitaries in the background. Behind MN747 the tail of MN749 can be seen at left. MN749 was the Friedrichshafen FF43 that was a competitor for single-seat floatplane fighter orders from the Navy, but only one was built. Despite remaining a single prototype, the FF43 was assigned to Zeebrugge where it scored a victory. (Peter M. Bowers Collection/Museum of Flight)
W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters
The FF 43 float fighter evaluated under operational conditions in the North Sea from October 1916 by the Seeflugzeug Versuchs Kommando.
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Friedrichshafen FF43 SVK Drawing
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