O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)
This 1915 monoplane has been reported as the type on which Fokker based his E I series. Undoubtedly both machines were influenced by the French Morane-Saulnier Type H of pre-war manufacture. Engine was probably 80 h.p. Oberursel rotary.
J.Herris German Aircraft of Minor Manufacturers in WW1. Vol I (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 49)
The Hanuschke Monoplane strongly resembled the early Fokker E-types. Fokker critics have alleged that Fokker used this aircraft as a basis for his E-type designs, but this is highly unlikely given the series of similar Fokker pre-war designs leading to the Fokker E series. Both the Hanuschke and Fokker monoplanes appear to have been strongly influenced by the popular pre-war Morane-Saulnier G and H designs, and the Hanuschke may have been a virtual copy of the Morane.
Bruno Hanuschke was 19 years of age when he began to make a name for himself in Germany. He built one or two aircraft before he turned out a Morane-Saulnier copy in 1913. Only one Hanuschke aircraft is known to have reached military service, - this monoplane was in the German naval air service under the serial LF 243 (LF = Landflieger]. When it was taken into naval service is unknown but it was probably impressed on the outbreak of war. As a trainer it was reported in the naval war diary on 26 August 1917.
Hanuschke offered five new Morane-Saulnier monoplanes without engines to the Swedish government, via Carl Cederstrom, the director of the Swedish aircraft manufacture Sondertalje Verkstader, on 29 September 1915. The late Peter M Grosz speculated that he may have laid down the five aircraft in the hope of a military order, but when one was not forthcoming, he tried to sell them to Sweden.
A new monoplane with the number 31 was tested by the Konigliche Flugzeug-Abnahme-Komission Buch 15 No. 392, on Hanuschke's request. (This Kommission was thought to be a para-military organization based at Johannisthal).
Empty weight about 350 kg, one original Gnome engine.
One Garuda airscrew, diam. 2450 Pitch 1950
Two Hours fuel = 60 liters. Oil 12 liters.
Pilot: 74 kg, extra weight: 28 kg
Take-off distance: 42 m; landing distance: 52 m
Climb: 800 m in 6 1/2 min.; 2000 m in 20 1/2 min
It had much better gliding ability than the Fokkers.
Hanuschke's wife, Tora Sjoborg, was Swedish. She came to the Beese flying school at Johannisthal during the summer of 1912. It appears that she did not finish the program but she met Hannuscke during this time. This connection may be why Hanuschke offered his aircraft to a neutral country.
Hanuschke Monoplane Specifications
Engine: 80 hp Gnome
Wing: Span 9.50 m
General: Empty Weight 360 kg