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Friedrichshafen FF1

Страна: Германия

Год: 1912

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


Friedrichshafen FF1

  As indicated by its factory designation, the FF1 was the first Friedrichshafen aircraft to be built. First flight of this two-seat floatplane was in mid-November 1912. The FF1 was a biplane pusher powered by an 100 hp Argus engine, and wheels could be attached for ground handling. Initially the span of upper and lowers wings was 14.0 m and 10.0 m respectively, but later the span was enlarged to 16.8 m and 14.0 m respectively. On Feb. 14, 1913, pilot Gsell set a new flight endurance record with the FF1 by flying for 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 30 second. In February 1914 the sole FF1 built was destroyed in a crash.

Friedrichshafen FF1 Specifications
Engine: 100 hp Argus
Wing: Span Upper 14.00 m
Span Lower 11.00 m
Area 48.0 m2
General: Length 11.15 m
Height 3.35 m
Empty Weight 1,672 kg
Loaded Weight 1,972 kg
Maximum Speed: 85 km/h
Climb: 560 m 8 min

J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
Friedrichshafen's first airplane design, the primitive FF1. Appropriately, it was a seaplane as were most Friedrichshafen designs. The FF1 first flew in mid-November 1912, the year that the company was founded.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
Friedrichshafen FF1 with Dr. Koster handling the large pilot's control wheel.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The primitive Friedrichshafen's FF1 in flight. (The Peter M. Bowers Collection/The Museum of Flight)
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The Friedrichshafen FF1 had a central main float that could be fitted with wheels to facilitate ground handling. Side-mounted radiators cooled the Argus engine and the ailerons were mounted between the wings.
J.Herris - Friedrichshafen Aircraft of WWI /Centennial Perspective/
The Friedrichshafen FF1 could carry two crewmen, with the pilot in the front cockpit.