Focke-Wulf S 24

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S 24 Kiebitz
Wilhelm Walther, Flugplatz, 2-005-006-5443.tif
S 24 left, Daimler L.20 right
Role Sport aircraft
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
First flight 1928

The Focke-Wulf S 24 Kiebitz (German: "Lapwing") was a sport aircraft built in Germany in the later 1920s. It was a single-bay biplane of conventional design with equal-span, unstaggered wings, braced with N-type interplane struts. The pilot and a single passenger sat in tandem open cockpits, and it was fitted with a fixed tailskid undercarriage. The wings could be folded for transportation or storage, and the aircraft was designed to be towed by a car.

In 1929, the S 24 set a world distance record in its class of 1,601 km (995 mi) and in 1931 was used by Gerd Achgelis to win the German aerobatic championship.

Specifications (S 24)[edit]

Focke-Wulf S 24 photo from Annuaire de L'Aéronautique 1931

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 6.25 m (20 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 19.5 m2 (210 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 350 kg (772 lb)
  • Gross weight: 570 kg (1,257 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-Halske Sh 4 5-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 45 kW (60 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph; 76 kn)
  • Landing speed: 65 km/h (40 mph; 35 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 4,300 m (14,100 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 21.1 m/s (4,150 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 7 minutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grey, C.G., ed. (1928). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. pp. 136c.

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 395.
  • "Focke-Wulf "Kiebitz"". Flight: 320–21. 18 April 1929. Retrieved 2008-03-23.