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Friedrichshafen FF.43 Aircraft Information

Friedrichshafen FF.43

FF.43

Manufacturer: Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen
First flight: 8 September 1916
Number built: 1

The Friedrichshafen FF.43 was a German single-seat floatplane fighter of the 1910s produced by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen.

Development and design

Designed for defence of the floatplane bases, the FF.43 was a biplane powered by a Mercedes D.III inline piston engine driving a tractor propeller. It was armed with two 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 forward-firing machine guns. Only one aircraft was built.

Specifications

General characteristics

Crew: One pilot
Length: 8.55 m (28 ft 1 in)
Wingspan: 9.92 m (32 ft 6 in)
Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 31.0 m (334 ft)
Empty weight: 798 kg (1,759 lb)
Gross weight: 1,078 kg (2,377 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Mercedes D.III, 160 kW (120 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 163 km/h (102 mph)
Range: 400 km (249 miles)
Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Rate of climb: 2.8 m/s (551 ft/min)

Armament

2 x fixed, forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
Borzutzki, Siegfried (1993). Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH: Diplom-Ingenieur Theodor Kober. Berlin: Kxnigswinter. pp. 136.

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