Brandenburg GW

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Brandenburg GW
Role Torpedo Seaplane
Manufacturer Brandenburg
First flight January 1916 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 26 [2]
Wingspan 21.6 m (70 ft 9 in) [3]
Engine 2×160hp Mercedes D.III inlines
Armament 730 kg (1,600 lb)[3] torpedo and/or
rear flexible Parabellum
Crew 2 [3]
Max Speed 103 km/h (64 mph)[2][note 1]-127 km/h (79 mph)[3]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 26:30[3]
1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 22:00[2]-29:00[3]
Endurance 4:00 [1]

The Brandenburg GW was a torpedo bomber from 1916. Twenty-six were delivered and most operated from the seaplane station at Angernsee in Courland. [2] When experiments with torpedo-bombing proved unproductive, most were probably converted to patrol and training duties.

Three varieties were built, starting with the first ten in April through August 1916, followed by five with a single rudder and more rounded nose in September 1916-Jan 1917, and a final batch of five in autumn 1917 with a shorter fuselage. One experimental model with larger lifting surfaces was built in 1916.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Hansa-Brandenburg W.

References

Notes
  1. 103 km/h (64 mph) may have been the cruising speed.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nowarra, p.52.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gray, p.309.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070