Friedrichshafen FF.39

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Friedrichshafen FF.39
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Designer Kober
First flight March 1917[1]
Introduction Dec 1915[2] or 1917 [3]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 14 [4][3][1]
Wingspan 17.1 m (56 ft 1 in) [5]
Engine 200hp Benz Bz.IV inline
Armament rear flexible Parabellum
Max Speed 137 km/h (85 mph)[2]-140 km/h (87 mph)[5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 9:00[2]
Endurance 5:00 [2]

Though the FF.33 had given excellent service, a machine with more power was needed. The Friedrichshafen FF.39 was designed to fill that role, with a 200hp engine and larger wings.[1]

Only fourteen of the FF.39 seaplanes were built, because after the first batch the more promising Friedrichshafen FF.49c had emerged. It was a 1917 design with a gun only for the observer.[3] They were used for patrol and they carried a radio transmitter.[2] Most of the FF.39's service life was spent in patrols of the North Sea.[1]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nowarra, p.40.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Gray, p.370.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Munson, p.169.
  4. Gray, p.124.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • 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