Fieseler Fi 158

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Fieseler Fi 158
Fieseler Fi 158.jpg
The Fi 158 at Kassel-Waldau Airfield
Role Research Aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Fieseler Flugzeugbau Kassel
First flight 9 March 1938
Number built 1
Developed from Fieseler Fi 157

The Fieseler Fi 158 was a civilian research aircraft designed and built in Germany from 1938.

Development[edit]

Designed as a manned version of the Fi 157 radio-controlled drone, the Fi 158 was a low-winged monoplane built largely of wood, with retractable tailwheel undercarriage and twin fins and rudders, with the crew sat in tandem in an enclosed cabin.

Operational history[edit]

Limited flight testing was carried out before the prototype was destroyed in an air-raid.

Specifications (Fi 158 V1)[edit]

Data from Aircraft of the Third Reich[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 (sources differ)
  • Length: 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 7 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 7 m2 (75 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 494 kg (1,089 lb)
  • Gross weight: 646 kg (1,424 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth HM 506A 6-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 119 kW (160 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed variable pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 350 km/h (217 mph; 189 kn) at sea level
  • Cruising speed: 300 km/h (186 mph; 162 kn)
  • Range: 370 km (230 mi; 200 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,700 m (21,982 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8.33 m/s (1,640 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 2 minutes

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Green, William (2010). Aircraft of the Third Reich. Vol.1 (1st ed.). London: Aerospace Publishing Limited. p. 324. ISBN 978 1 900732 06 2. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Nowarra Heinz J.:Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945, Bernard & Graeffe Verlag, Koblenz 1993, ISBN 3-7637-5464-4