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Friedrichshafen FF.34

FF.34

Manufacturer: Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen
First flight: 1916
Primary user: German Navy
Number built: 1

The Friedrichshafen FF.34 was a German biplane floatplane of the 1910s produced by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen.

Development and design

The FF.34 was similar to the earlier FF.31 as it was a pusher configuration twin-boom floatplane. It had a central nacelle with two open cockpits. The engine (a Maybach Mb.IV) with a pusher propeller was mounted at the back of the nacelle. The twin tail booms were fitted to a rear tailplane/elevator assembly. The aircraft was later modified with a conventional fuselage and tail unit and re-designated the FF.44

Variants

FF.34 Prototype twin-boom pusher floatplane. FF.44 FF.34 converted with a convential fuselage and tail unit.

Operators

German Empire

German Navy

Specifications (FF.44)

General characteristics

Crew: Two, pilot and observer
Length: 10.85 m (35 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 18.40 m (60 ft 4 in)
Height: 4.25 m (13 ft 11 in)
Wing area: 68.5 m (737 ft)
Empty weight: 1,552 kg (3,422 lb)
Gross weight: 2,305 kg (5,082 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Maybach Mb.IV, 180 kW (240 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 145 km/h (90 mph)
Range: 600 km (374 miles)
Rate of climb: 1.2 m/s (236 ft/min)

Armament

1 x 7.92 mm Parabellum MG14 machine gun for observer

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
Borzutzki, Siegfried (1993). Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH: Diplom-Ingenieur Theodor Kober. Berlin: Kxnigswinter. pp. 118, 138.

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