Friedrichshafen FF.33e

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Friedrichshafen FF.33e
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Designer Theodor Kober
First flight April 1915 [1]
Introduction August 1915 [1]
Primary user Germany
Number built 188 [2]
Variants 33, 33b, 33f, 33h, 33j, 33l, 33s
Wingspan 16.8 m (55 ft 2 in) [3]
Engine 150hp Benz Bz.III inline[4] or 160hp Maybach Mb.III inline[5]
Armament none or
rear flexible Parabellum
30 kg (66 lb) of bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 119 km/h (74 mph)[4] to
126 km/h (78 mph)[6][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 17:30[4][3] or
1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 11:30[6]
1,500 m (4,920 ft) in 17:00[6]
Endurance 5-6hr [4]

The Friedrichshafen FF.33e was another in the long line of seaplanes, this one using the reliable 150hp Benz Bz.III engine. It is the first FF.33 model with a rear under-fin rather than a rear float. Like about half the FF.33 models, this plane was fitted with a radio (transmitter only) rather than a rear gun, though sometimes the radio was replaced with a rear flexible Parabellum. The FF33 was said to be easy to fly and it handled well on the water as well, and the FF.33e was the most common of the Friedrichshafen seaplanes.

The most famous FF.33e was number 841, the Wölfchen, which accompanied the SMS Wolf on its long raiding voyage through the Pacific and Indian oceans of November 1916 through February 1918.

The first three prototypes, where were ordered in March 1915, were originally named the Friedrichshafen FF.33c, but they were subsequently renamed as FF.33e's as the production run began.[7] In May 1917, 121 FF.33e seaplanes were in service.[8]

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

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
15Q2-18Q4 XC -/B 15 6 8

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Grosz, p.4
  2. Gray, p.117.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.123.
  5. Nowarra, p.34.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Grosz'99, p.37.
  7. Grosz, p.3.
  8. Nowarra, p.38.
  • 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
  • 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