Fieseler Fi 157

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Fieseler Fi 157
Fieseler Fi 157.jpg
An un-powered Fi 157 ready for drop trials from its He 111B mother-ship.
Role Unmanned anti-aircraft target drone
Manufacturer Fieseler
First flight 1937
Number built 3[1]

The Fieseler Fi 157 was an unsuccessful attempt at developing a radio-controlled, full-sized anti-aircraft target.

Development[edit]

In 1937, the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) contracted Fieseler to produce a radio controlled anti-aircraft target drone. The resulting Fi 157 was a low-wing monoplane of entirely wooden construction and was carried beneath a bomber before being released. All three prototypes crashed during testing; a single example of a manned version, designated Fi 158, was built to investigate remote guidance.[1][2]

Specifications (Fieseler Fi 157)[edit]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Length: 5.86 m (19 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 5.9 m2 (64 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 226 kg (498 lb)
  • Gross weight: 309 kg (681 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth Motoren HM 60 4-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 119 kW (160 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 293 km/h (182 mph; 158 kn)
  • Range: 580 km (360 mi; 313 nmi)

See also[edit]

Related development

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Green, William. Aircraft of the Third Reich Vol.1. London: Aerospace Publishing. ISBN 978 1 900732 06 2. 
  2. ^ Flying Review International: 65. July 1969.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Wehrmacht History 1933-1945". Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Green, William. Aircraft of the Third Reich. London: Aerospace Publishing Vol.1. ISBN 978 1 900732 06 2. 
  • Flying Review International: 65. July 1969.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Green, William (1970). Warplanes of the Third Reich. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN 0385057822. 
  • L, Antony L..; Creek, Antony L. Kay; with drawings by E.J. (1972). German aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putnam & Company Limited. ISBN 0370000242. 
  • Wood, Tony; Gunston, Bill (1997). Hitler's Luftwaffe. London: Salamander Books. ISBN 051718771X. 

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