Friedrichshafen FF.43

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FF.43
Role Floatplane fighter
Manufacturer Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen
First flight 8 September 1916
Number built 1

The Friedrichshafen FF.43 was a German single-seat floatplane fighter of the 1910s produced by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen.

Development and design[edit]

Designed for defence of the floatplane bases, the FF.43 was a biplane powered by a Mercedes D.III inline piston engine driving a tractor propeller. It was armed with two 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 forward-firing machine guns. Only one aircraft was built.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 8.55 m (28 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.92 m (32 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 31.0 m2 (334 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 798 kg (1,759 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,078 kg (2,377 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III, 160 kW (120 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 163 km/h (102 mph)
  • Range: 400 km (249 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.8 m/s (551 ft/min)

Armament

  • 2 × fixed, forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Borzutzki, Siegfried (1993). Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH: Diplom-Ingenieur Theodor Kober. Berlin: Königswinter. p. 136.