Brandenburg KDW

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Brandenburg KDW
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Brandenburg
Designer Ernst Heinkel
Introduction Sept 1916[1]
Primary user Germany
Number built 58 [2] - 60[3]
Developed from Brandenburg D.I
Wingspan 9.22 m (30 ft 3 in) [4][5]
Engine 150hp Benz Bz.III inline or
160hp Maybach Mb.III inline [2]
or 160hp Mercedes D.III[6]
Armament 1-2×fixed sync. LMG08/15 [2]
Max Speed 170 km/h (106 mph)[5] - 172 km/h (107 mph)[7][4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 4:30[4]-5:54[8]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 11:00[4]-14:00[8]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 21:00[8]-21:30[4]
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,100 ft)[7][5]
Endurance 2:30[7]-3:00[4][5]

Recognizing a shortage of naval fighter aircraft, Brandenburg adapted the Brandenburg D.I "Star-Strutter" "K.D." to naval use in the Brandenburg K.D.W. "KDW" stood for "Kampf Doppeldecker, Wasser" (Fighting Biplane, Water). That general description was sometimes also applied to the Brandenburg CC, but the KDW usually referred to the seaplane derived from the W.9 fighter. The wingspan was lengthened and the tail structures were altered, but the plane remained difficult to fly. The fixed, synchronized machine gun was carried well forward of the pilot, so jams proved impossible to clear. On the last twenty aircraft the problem was remedied by adding a second gun and placing both within the pilot's reach.[2]

Three batches were deliver over a long period of September 1916 through February 1918, and by the time of the latter deliveries the plane was quite obsolete. [9]

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

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q4-18Q4 J B or A 15 10 5

Plane and Crew Cards

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:300 Scale

1:350 Scale


  1. Nowarra, p.76.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gray, p.64.
  3. Angelucci, p.96.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Lamberton, pp.218-219.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Angelucci, p.88.
  6. Nowarra, p.75.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Munson, p.92.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Gray, p.64.
  9. Munson, p.168.
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  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • 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