Focke-Wulf Fw 62

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Focke-Wulf Fw 62
Focke-Wulf Fw 62.jpg
The Fw 62 V2 with single main float
Role Reconnaissance floatplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
Designer Erich Arbeitlang
First flight 23 October 1937
Number built 4

The Focke-Wulf Fw 62 was a reconnaissance floatplane, designed and built by Focke-Wulf for use by Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. Only four were built.

Design and development[edit]

In 1936 the RLM, the German ministry of aviation, formulated a requirement for a shipboard seaplane for reconnaissance missions, to replace the Heinkel He 114. The aircraft was to be light, with a maximum weight of 2.5 tons and a crew of one or two, and suitable for catapult launching. Equipment and armament were to be kept to a minimum.[1][2]

Fw 62 V1

Focke-Wulf competed with the Fw 62, a conventional biplane design. The Fw 62 was of mixed construction and powered by a 705 kW (945 hp) BMW 132K radial engine. The engine was tightly cowled and drove a two-bladed propeller. The biplane wings were of equal span and featured two N-type struts on each side. They could be folded for shipboard storage. Each wing had a plain flap and an aileron.[2]

Fw 62 V1 on its beaching gear

Operational history[edit]

First flown on 23 October 1937 the Fw 62 V1 twin floats, while the Fw 62 V2 had a large central float and smaller outboard stabilising floats. Official tests began in Travemünde in the summer of 1937. The Fw 62 was a capable aircraft and well liked by test pilots, but the competing Arado Ar 196 monoplane was both conceptually and structurally more modern, and was chosen for production.[3][2]

Specifications (Fw 62 V1)[edit]

Data from Aircraft of the Third Reich[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 11.15 m (36 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.35 m (40 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 36.1 m2 (389 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,300 kg (5,071 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,850 kg (6,283 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW 132Dc 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 656 kW (880 hp) for take-off
  • Propellers: 2-bladed controllable-pitch airscrew

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (174 mph; 151 kn) at 1,000 m (3,300 ft)
  • Cruise speed: 251 km/h (156 mph; 136 kn)
  • Range: 900 km (559 mi; 486 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,900 m (19,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6.33 m/s (1,247 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 1 x 7.92 mm (0.312 in) MG 15 machine gun in rear cockpit.
  • Bombs: 4 x 50 kg (110 lb) SC 50 bombs.

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Becker, Hans-Jürgen (1994). Wasserflugzeuge - Flugboote, Amphibien, Schwimmerflugzeuge : Entwicklungsgeschichte der deutschen Flugboote, Schwimmerflugzeuge, Amphibien, Bodeneffektgeräte sowie Bordflugzeuge. Bonn: Bernard und Graefe. ISBN 978-3763761067. 
  2. ^ a b c d Green, William (2010). Aircraft of the Third Reich. [S.l.]: Crecy. pp. 358–359. ISBN 9781900732062. 
  3. ^ Ketley, David Wadman ; John Bradley ; Barry (1997). Aufklärer : Luftwaffe reconnaisance aircraft & units, 1935–1945 (1. publ. in Great Britain. ed.). Aldershot: Hikoki Publ. ISBN 978-0951989982. 

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