LFG V 52

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V 52
Role Two seat sports aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer LFG (Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft)
First flight 1925
Number built 1

The V 52 was a one off, single engine, two seat sports monoplane, built in Germany in 1925.

Design and development[edit]

Whilst the other LFG two seat monoplane sports aircraft (the V 40, V 42 and V 44) produced in 1925 were all metal designs, the V 52 employed wooden construction. It also differed from them in having a braced, rather than wholly cantilever wing. This was built around wooden box spares, with three ply ribs and fabric covering. The fuselage was also wooden, with three ply covering.[1]

Like the V 40, the V 52 was powered by a 75 hp (56 kW) Siemens-Halske Sh 11 7-cylinder radial engine.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The V 52 was amongst five LFG entries to the Round Germany Flight held in the summer of 1925, though only the LFG V 39 biplane took take part, with all four monoplanes failing to make the start.[1][2]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Flight 28 May 1925 p.324[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: One passenger
  • Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 13.3 m2 (143 sq ft)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-Halske Sh 11 7-cylinder radial engine, 41 kW (55 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 145 km/h (90 mph; 78 kn)
  • Landing speed: 60 km/h (37 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The round-Germany flight". Flight XVII (22): p.324. 28 May 1925. 
  2. ^ "Some impressions of the round-Germany flight.". Flight XVII (23): p.343. 4 June 1925.