Friedrichshafen FF.33b

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Friedrichshafen FF.33b
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Introduction 1915
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 5 [1] or 11 [2][3]
Developed from Friedrichshafen FF.33
Variants 33, 33e, 33f, 33h, 33j, 33l, 33s
Engine 160hp Maybach Mb.III inline [1][note 1] or
120hp Mercedes D.II[3] or
160hp Mercedes D.III [2]
Armament rear flexible Parabellum

In the Friedrichshafen FF.33b the position of the observer and the pilot were reversed and the observer was armed with a flexible Parabellum machine gun. The engine was increased from 120hp to 160hp with the installation of the Maybach Mb.III or Mercedes D.III.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen FF.33.


  1. Only the last four used the 160hp engine.[3]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.117.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Munson, p.169.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nowarra, p.34.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 73: FF 33E. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1999. ISBN 1-902207-14-9
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • 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