Focke-Wulf A 17

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A 17 Möwe
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-06183, Berlin-Tempelhof, Sturmschäden an Flugzeug.jpg
Focke-Wulf A 17 at Berlin-Tempelhof after sustaining storm damage in July 1928
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
First flight 1927
Primary user Deutsche Luft Hansa
Number built 20

The Focke-Wulf A 17 Möwe (German: "Gull") was an airliner built in Germany in the late 1920s. It was a conventional high-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The aircraft provided fully enclosed seating for up to eight passengers and had a separate, fully enclosed flight deck for the two pilots. Most examples flew with Deutsche Luft Hansa, serving until around 1936. In the early 1930s, two A 17s were used for testing the Junkers Jumo 5 diesel engine.

In 1929, an example was built with a BMW VI engine and fitted out for aerial photography and survey work and designated A 21. The cabin was equipped with a darkroom. Later the same year, the BMW engine was used on a further five airliners for Luft Hansa, these designated A 29.


Specifications (A 17a)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two pilots
  • Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Length: 13.50 m (44 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.00 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 62.5 m2 (673 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2,450 kg (5,400 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Gnome et Rhône 9A Jupiter engine, 360 kW (480 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Range: 800 km (500 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)