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Friedrichshafen FF37

Страна: Германия

Год: 1916

Friedrichshafen - D.I - 1916 - Германия<– –>Friedrichshafen - FF39 - 1916 - Германия

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

Friedrichshafen FF 37
   Although no details are available, this aircraft was undoubtedly simply a land version of the FF 31 "pusher" seaplane. Engine, 150 h.p. Benz Bz III.

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

Friedrichshafen FF37

   The Friedrichshafen FF37 was a land-plane version of the earlier FF31 seaplane. Like the earlier FF31, this pusher biplane was a two-seat reconnaissance airplane with the observer in the front cockpit armed with a flexible machine gun.
   Unlike the Allies, who persisted with the pusher configuration long after it was obsolete, few German pusher aircraft were built and fewer served operationally. Pushers had unsurpassed forward field of view for their crews, but this did not compensate for their limited performance and vulnerability to fighters. The FF37 was limited to a single prototype by its obsolete configuration and, undoubtedly, its modest performance, although performance specifications have not survived.

Friedrichshafen FF37 Specifications
Engine: 150 hp Benz Bz.III
Wing: Span 16.85 m
General: Length 9.86 m
Height 3.70 m

J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/ (21)
The sole prototype Friedrichshafen FF37; the structure shows clearly through the fabric.
O.Thetford, P.Gray - German Aircraft of the First World War /Putnam/
A fine shot of the rarely pictured two seat, pusher-engined Friedrichshafen FF37, or C I to give it its military designation. Of early 1916 vintage, the experimental FF37's general layout appears to have been influenced by that of the Royal Aircraft Factory's F.E.2, following the British practice of seating the gunner in the nose, forward of the pilot. The FF37 was destined never to progress beyond the prototype stage.