Friedrichshafen FF.59c

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Friedrichshafen FF.59c
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Introduction June 1918 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ≤20 [2]
Developed from Friedrichshafen FF.39
Wingspan 17.8 m (58 ft 5 in) [3]
Engine 200hp Benz Bz.IV [2]
Armament rear flexible Parabellum
Max Speed 142 km/h (88 mph)[1][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:54[1][3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 49:42[1][3]
Range 900 km (560 mi) [3]
Endurance 5:40 [1]

The Friedrichshafen FF.59c was an attempt to improve upon the reliable Friedrichshafen FF.49c a wider wingspan and with a roomier and shorter fuselage.[4]

Twenty FF.59c seaplanes were ordered before the Armistice, but it is not known whether they saw action. Its fuselage was more compact than its predecessors and it had a larger range. Both receiving and transmitting radio equipment were fitted. [2]

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

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Gray, p.378.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Munson, p.169.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  4. Nowarra, p.30.
Bibliography
  • 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