|First flight||Jan 1917 |
|Number built||145-146 |
|Wingspan||11.2 m (36 ft 8 in) |
|Engine||150hp Benz Bz.III inline or|
160hp Mercedes D.III inline
|Armament||1-2×fixed, sync. LMG08/15[note 1] and|
rear flexible Parabellum
|Max Speed||160 km/h (100 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 7:00-8:00|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 18:54-20:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 38:00
|Ceiling||5,000 m (16,400 ft)|
The Brandenburg W.12 was a top-notch seaplane for its time, combining excellent firing arcs with good maneuverability and speed. The wings were strengthened and made single-bay only to dispense with inter-wing bracing and to allow the gunner to fire to the forward arc. The downward-facing rudder increased the gunner's field of fire while adding to controllability while taxiing. Later models featured four ailerons, contributing to its agility.
Two Coastal-class airships were destroyed by the efforts of Christiansen flying the W.12: C27 shot down in flames on 11 Dec 1917 and C26 after taking damage crashed in Holland.
Deliveries started in April 1917 and finished in March 1918. From Feb-June 1918 some seventy or so -- a little less than half of the full production, were built with twin fixed forward guns rather than a single one.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Hansa-Brandenburg W.12.
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- Twin forward guns on about half of the W.12s.
- Gray, p.68.
- Nowarra, pp.204-205.
- Angelucci, p.97.
- Lamberton, pp.218-219.
- Angelucci, p.89.
- Gray, p.70.
- Munson, p.93.
- Nowarra, p.74.
- Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
- Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
- 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