LFG V 39

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V 39
LFG V.39.png
Role Training aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer LFG (Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft)
First flight 1925 or earlier

The LFG V 39 was a simple biplane trainer built in Germany in the mid-1920s. It took part in the Round Germany Flight in the summer of 1925.

Design and development[edit]

The V 39 was a two bay biplane with constant chord wings mounted with slight stagger and a wide gap. The fabric covered wings had box spars and three-ply ribs.[1] There were ailerons on both upper and lower wing, externally rod-connected. The upper wing was centrally supported with cabane struts.[2]

The trainer was designed to be powered by a 75 kW (100 hp) Mercedes D.I or 89 kW (120 hp) D.II engine.[1] It is known that the smaller engine at least was flown.[2] The fuselage was deep bellied, flat sided, constructed from wood and covered with three-ply.[1] There were two open, tandem cockpits, the rear one provided with vision enhancing trailing edge cut-outs in both upper and lower planes. The V 39's undercarriage was standard for the time, with mainwheels on a rigid axle supported by fuselage mounted V-struts and with a tailskid.[2]

The V 39 was designed to combine modest performance with reliability and robustness with easy handling and a low landing speed.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The V 39 was one of more than ninety aircraft to take part in the Round Germany Flight held in the summer of 1925.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Flight 28 May 1925 p.323[1]

General characteristics

  • Length: 7.85 m (25 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 40 m2 (430 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 803 kg (1,770 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,130 kg (2,491 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I 6-cylinder water cooled upright inline, 75 kW (100 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed [2]

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 125 km/h (78 mph; 67 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 3,800 m (12,467 ft)
  • Time to altitude: 8 min to 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
  • Landing speed: 55 km/h (34 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The round-Germany flight". Flight XVII (22): p.323. 28 May 1925. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The round-Germany flight. Technical equipment". Flight XVII (24): p.355. 11 June 1925.