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Friedrichshafen FF.48 Aircraft Information

Friedrichshafen FF.48


Manufacturer: Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen
First flight: 22 August 1917
Number built: 3

The Friedrichshafen FF.48 was a German two-seat floatplane fighter of the 1910s produced by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen.

Development and design

The FF.48, along with the smaller single-seat FF.43, was designed for defence of the floatplane bases, it was a biplane powered by a Maybach IV inline piston engine. The pilot and observer each had control of one 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine gun. Only three aircraft were built.

Specifications (FF.48)

General characteristics

Crew: Two
Length: 11.20 m (36 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 16.25 m (53 ft 3¾in)
Height: 4.40 m (14 ft 5¼in)
Wing area: 68 m² (731.97 ft²)
Empty weight: 1,591 kg (3,508 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 2215 kg (4,883 lb)
Powerplant: 1x— Maybach IV, 179 kW (240 hp)


Maximum speed: 163 km/h (95 mph)
Rate of climb: 1,000 m in 6 min 25 sec (3,280 ft in 6 min 25 sec)


1 x— fixed, forward firing 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine gun
1 x— 7.92 mm (0.312 in) Parabellum MG14 machine gun on pivoted mount in rear cockpit.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
Borzutzki, Siegfried (1993). Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH: Diplom-Ingenieur Theodor Kober. Berlin: Kx¶nigswinter. pp. 145.

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