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Brandenburg NW
Role Seaplane, Trainer
Manufacturer Brandenburg
Designer Ernst Heinkel [1]
Introduction early 1916 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 32 [2]
Developed from Brandenburg W
Variants Brandenburg GNW
Wingspan 16.3 m (53 ft 5 in) [3]
Engine 160hp Mercedes D.III inline
Armament no MG
20×5.0 kg (11 lb) bombs [1]
Crew 2 [3]
Max Speed 132 km/h (82 mph)[3]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 8:30[3]
Endurance 4:00 [2]

The Brandenburg NW was a early floatplane based on the Brandenburg W. Thirty-two were delivered to the German Navy during 1915. Deliveries starting in January 1916 carried a radio and sometimes bomb racks for ten 5kg bombs. [2]

The NW did most of its work off the North Sea coast in the early days when defensive armament was more of a luxury than a necessity. Deliveries in late 1916 through 1917 are presumed destined as trainers, because most seaplanes would have been armed at that time.[1]

Thirty Brandenburg NW were license-built by Gotha and labeled the Gotha W.D.6.[4] Deliveries of Gotha-built NWs commenced in May 1916.[5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Hansa-Brandenburg W.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nowarra, p.52.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gray, p.306.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  4. Herris, p.44.
  5. Herris, p.94.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Jack Herris, Gotha Aircraft of WWI. USA, Aeronaut Books, 2013. ISBN 978-1-935881-14-8
  • 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