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NFW B.I

Страна: Германия

Год: 1915

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N.F.W. B I
  Built in 1915 by National Flugzeug-Werke G.m.b.H. Johannisthal, the B I was a conventional trainer type machine. Although not confirmed, the engine appears to be a 120 h.p. Argus As II.


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NFW

  The National Flugzeug Werke (N.F.W.) located in Leipzig was founded in 1915 with the support of DFW from the Jeannin company. NFW had a flight training school at Johannisthal. They also dabbled in aircraft design and built the B.I unarmed biplane trainer for their flight school and several E-type monoplane fighter prototypes. From the few available photos, none of the prototypes were armed.

  Small numbers of the NFW B.I trainers were built for the company's flight school but the exact number is not known. However, the NFW B.I did not serve in combat at the front. The engine was a 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine. This engine was in great demand for fighters so it is unusual that such a valuable engine was used for a trainer. The variety of radiator installations shown in photos likely resulted from maintenance over a prolonged period as the radiators available changed over time. As a limited production aircraft the spare parts available were also limited. No performance data is available.

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NFW B.I N.F.W.6 NFW Flight School
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NFW B.I N.10 NFW Flight School
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An NFW B.I at Johannisthal. Designed as a two-seat trainer, it was powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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An NFW B.I at the NFW flight school. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I N.5 from the NFW flight school missing some wing fabric. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I trainer giving a demonstration at the NFW flight school.The aircraft has small side radiators. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Student pilot and mechanic photographed with a NFW B.I with mud guards. The B.I has the original side radiators and sports the distinctive turned cowling panels (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Flight student with his NFW B.I trainer fitted with mud guards. The flight instructor sits in the rear cockpit and the ground crew looks on at the right. An inelegant underwing radiator has replaced the ear radiator. The messy installation was certainly the result of maintenance with a limited parts inventory. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I trainer photographed with pilot in the front cockpit in the hangar. Large side radiators are fitted. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I at the NFW flight school. This B.I has the original side radiators.The engine cowling has a distinctive 'turned' appearance. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I N.F.W.6 of the NFW flight school at Johannisthal. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Seating arrangement ang wing fitting of N.F.W. B.I biplane of 1915 (120 h.p. Argus As II.)
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NFW B.I N.10 of the NFW flight school. This B.I has a newer radiator design under the top wing between the cockpits. The engine cowling has a distinctive 'turned' appearance. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I trainer photographed with pilot, trainee, and ground staff. This aircraft has small side radiators.The variety of radiators seen on the NFW B.I may be the result of maintenance needed to keep these trainers flying with whatever radiators were available. Production of the B.I may have also been at a slow rate over a prolonged period for the NFW flight school, with the result that the types of radiators available changed during production.
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Flight student with his NFW B.I trainer fitted with mud guards. Note that the side radiators have been removed and a coolant pipe runs between the front of the engine and a radiator attached to the upper wing. This may have been the result of radiator replacement after side radiators were no longer readily available. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I trainers at the NFW flight school. B.I N.15 is in the right foreground and does not have the original side radiators. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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The NFW hangar at Johannisthal. NFW B.I trainers N.11 and N.12 are visible at left and the prototype NFW E.II is at right without its spinner. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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Tarmac scene at Johannisthal in early 1915 NFW and LVG training aircraft used by the FMF (Freiwilliges MarinefIiegerkorps - Volunteer Naval Flying Corps) in front of the airship sheds. Almost all flying instruction concentrated on the take-off and landing phases of flight. Flying tests consisted of successfully carrying out a number of 'figure-of-eights' flown at an altitude of 200 metres and landings made within a given distance from a specified point on the aerodrome. The nose of the airship 'Hansa', seen in the far building, has been marked with the German national insignia on its undersurfaces.
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NFW B.I from the NFW flight school. A flat radiator has been mounted over the engine in front of the cockpits. Transportation is being supplied by a horse. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I N.14 from the NFW flight school. The aircraft has been dismantled for transportation. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I trainer in flight. (Peter M. Grosz collection, STDB)
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NFW B.I
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NFW B.I
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NFW B.I