Friedrichshafen G.II

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Friedrichshafen G.II
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Introduction autumn 1916-winter 1916/7
Primary user Germany
Number built 35[1][note 1]-36 [3]
Developed from Friedrichshafen G.I
Wingspan 19.75 m (64 ft 10 in)[2]-20.3 m (66 ft 8 in) [4]
Engine 2×200hp Benz Bz.IV inlines
Armament front flexible Parabellum and
rear flexible Parabellum [5]
150 kg (320 lb)[4][2] of bombs
Max Speed 150 km/h (93 mph)[6][4][2]
Endurance 4:00 [4]

After the Friedrichshafen G.I showed its potential, the Friedrichshafen G.II, a.k.a. the FF38, was put into limited production in 1916. It served from autumn 1916 through the end of 1917, gradually being replaced with the far-more-numerous and larger G.III.

Thirty-six were built in four batches: six in late 1915, eleven in Feb'16 (the twelveth being converted into the G.III prototype), twelve in Oct'16, and a final six in Feb'17. The latter two batches were built by Daimler rather than Friedrichshafen. In addition to serving at the front, the G.IIs became vehicles for numerous experiments in armament, structure, and tail-form, whose learnings surely contributed to the excellent G.III and G.IIIa. Friedrichshafen-built G.IIs featured five oval windows in the front fuselage covered with transparent Cellon.[3]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen G.II.

Timeline [note 2]

Game Data

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Preliminary Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q3-end G* B/B 23 10? 7?

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. The 36th became the G.III prototype.[2]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
  1. Herris'14, p.74.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Herris'14, p.73.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Grosz'97, pp.12-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  5. Gray, p.381.
  6. Grosz'97, p.16.
  7. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • P.M. Grosz, "Fdh G.II". Windsock International, Vol. 13, No.5, October 1997. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 65: Fdh G.III~IIIa. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 1997. ISBN 0-948414-97-9
  • Jack Herris, German G-Type Bombers of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-26-1.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711