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Friedrichshafen FF27

Страна: Германия

Год: 1914

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

Friedrichshafen FF27

   The final pre-war Friedrichshafen design was the FF27. The FF27 combined some characteristics of earlier Friedrichshafen designs, being a two-seat pusher biplane floatplane with a three-bay wing cellule that could have wheels attached for improved ground handling. Like several preceding Friedrichshafen aircraft, a 135 hp NAG six-cylinder engine provided the power. Although designed for the 1914 Baltic Seaplane Competition, the sole FF27 built was accepted by the SVK and assigned Marine Number 62.

Friedrichshafen FF27 Specifications
Engine: 135 hp NAG
Wing: Span Upper 14.40 m
Span Lower 13.40 m
Area 45.0 m2
General: Empty Weight 900 kg
Loaded Weight 1,100 kg
Maximum Speed: 100 km/h
Climb: 500 m 8 min

J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/ (21)
The FF27 was a refinement of earlier Friedrichshafen pusher biplanes; the one built was accepted by the German Navy and assigned Marine Number 62. Wheels could be attached as shown for easier ground handling. The drag-creating pusher configuration was little used by German manufacturers after the war started. Pushers had good visibility for the crew but were too slow. Later, when air-to-air combat became more common, pushers were too vulnerable to attack from the rear.