Focke-Achgelis Fa 225

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Focke-Achgelis Fa 225
Focke Achgelis Fa 225 sketch.jpg
Artist's impression of the Fa 225
Role Assault glider
Manufacturer Focke-Achgelis
First flight 1942
Number built 1
Developed from DFS 230

The Focke-Achgelis Fa 225 was an experimental single-seat rotary wing glider built in Germany by Focke-Achgelis in 1942. Only a single example was constructed.

Design and development[edit]

In the first half of the Second World War, the DFS 230B assault glider was used primarily to land troops and supplies, but was found of limited capability as it needed a relatively large landing area. The Fa 225 was conceived to marry the rotor of the Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 with the fuselage of the DFS 230B, allowing the glider to land in 18m or less.[1] The rotor was mounted on a framework of struts above the centre of gravity and strengthened long stroke undercarriage units were fitted either side and at the tail.[2]

Towed behind a Junkers Ju 52/3m, Carl Bode piloted the Fa 225 on its first flight in 1943.[3] Construction of the aircraft only took seven weeks,[4] but series production was not proceeded with due to the relatively slow aero-towing speed and changes in operational doctrine.[2]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: several Fallschirmjäger
  • Length: 11.24 m (36 ft 11 in) fuselage only
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,000 kg (4,409 lb)
  • Main rotor diameter: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Main rotor area: 113.1 m2 (1,217 sq ft)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph; 103 kn) during towing by Ju 52/3m

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Lepage 2009, p.381
  2. ^ a b c Green 2010, p.337
  3. ^ Kay and Smith 2002, p.291
  4. ^ http://www.luftarchiv.de/index.htm?/hubschrauber/fa225.htm
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External links[edit]

Media related to Focke-Achgelis at Wikimedia Commons