Focke-Wulf Fw 62
|Focke-Wulf Fw 62|
|The Fw 62 V2 with single main float|
|First flight||23 October 1937|
Design and development
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.
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.
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.
Specifications (Fw 62 V1)
Data from Aircraft of the Third Reich
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Becker, Hans-Jürgen (1994). Wasserflugzeuge - Flugboote, Amphibien, Schwimmerflugzeuge : Entwicklungsgeschichte der deutschen Flugboote, Schwimmerflugzeuge, Amphibien, Bodeneffektgeräte sowie Bordflugzeuge. Bonn: Bernard und Graefe. ISBN 978-3763761067.
- Green, William (2010). Aircraft of the Third Reich. [S.l.]: Crecy. pp. 358–359. ISBN 9781900732062.
- 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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