Focke-Wulf A 38

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A 38 Möwe
Tempelhof repülőtér. Fortepan 28600.jpg
A Focke-Wulf A.38 D-2073 (foreground) at Tempelhof airport in 1932
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
Designer Wilhelm Bansemir
First flight 1931
Primary user Deutsche Luft Hansa
Number built 4

The Focke-Wulf A 38 Möwe (German: "Gull") was an airliner, produced in Germany in the early 1930s. It was a final development of the family of designs that commenced with the A 17 in 1927. The A 38 used the same high-mounted, cantilever wing as the A 29, but mated this to an all-new fuselage design with enclosed seating for ten passengers and three crew. Unlike earlier members of the family, the flight deck was not joined to the cabin, separated now by a lavatory and baggage compartment. The main undercarriage was strengthened and the mainwheels fitted with brakes, while the tailskid was replaced with a tailwheel. All four A 38s were originally fitted with Siemens- or Gnome et Rhône-built Bristol Jupiter engines (although the BMW VI had been offered as an option), but in April 1933, all aircraft were refitted with Siemens Sh 20 powerplants. By mid-1934, they had been relegated to training duties.


General characteristics

  • Crew: three - two pilots and a radio operator
  • Capacity: ten passengers
  • Length: 15.40 m (50 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.00 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 5.30 m (17 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 62.5 m2 (673 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2,700 kg (5,940 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,400 kg (9,680 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-built Bristol Jupiter VI, 370 kW (500 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 204 km/h (126 mph)
  • Range: 750 km (470 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,100 m (10,200 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.1 m/s (420 ft/min)