LFG V 13

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V 13 Strela
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Role Floatplane airliner
National origin Germany
Manufacturer LFG
First flight ca. 1921

The LFG V 13 Strela (named for the Strelasund off Rügen) was a seaplane airliner produced in small quantities in Germany in the early 1920s.[1] It was a conventional, three-bay biplane with an enclosed cabin for four passengers. The original design featured twin pontoons, but a landplane version was developed as the V 130. [1]

The V 13s were operated by Luft-Fahrzeug on its Hamburg-Stettin-Danzing and Stettin-Swinemünde-Stralsund routes. These services were later shared by V 13s operated by Luftverkehr Pommern and later were absorbed into Deutsche Luft Hansa.[1] In Norway, Norske Luftruter operated two second-hand V 13s until the late 1920s.[2]

Specifications (V 13)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 10.90 m (35 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.50 m (57 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 3.88 m (12 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 70.0 m2 (753 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,460 kg (3,210 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,120 kg (4,660 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.IIIa, 134 kW (180 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)
  • Stall speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • Range: 720 km (450 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 1.7 m/s (330 ft/min)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Taylor 1989, 577
  2. ^ Mulder

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