|First flight||March 1917|
|Introduction||Dec 1915 or 1917 |
|Number built||14 |
|Wingspan||17.1 m (56 ft 1 in) |
|Engine||200hp Benz Bz.IV inline|
|Armament||rear flexible Parabellum|
|Max Speed||137 km/h (85 mph)-140 km/h (87 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 9:00|
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.
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. They were used for patrol and they carried a radio transmitter. Most of the FF.39's service life was spent in patrols of the North Sea.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen FF.33.
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