|Introduction||Jan 1916 |
|Number built||45 |
|Variants||33, 33b, 33e, 33f, 33j, 33l, 33s|
|Wingspan||14.2 m (46 ft 7 in) |
|Engine||150hp Benz Bz.III inline|
|Armament||rear flexible Parabellum|
small bomb load
|Max Speed||122 km/h (76 mph) |
The FF.33f fighter/patrol seaplane was succeeded by the Friedrichshafen FF.33h. The 33h saw cleaned-up aerodynamic details and floats with the goal of reducing drag. Forty-five were built before the type was replaced in production by the Friedrichshafen FF.33l.
In addition to changing to clean two-bay, smaller wings, a small bomb load was carried so the planes could attack enemy shipping. It was in production from spring to autumn of 1916, with planes delivered in batches of five to ten. Despite a shorter wingspan, the 33.H was somewhat slower than its predecessors. In May 1917, twenty-five FF.33H seaplanes were in service.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen FF.33.
Plane and Crew Cards
- Gray, p.121.
- Nowarra, p.36.
- Nowarra, pp.204-205.
- 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.
- 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