Phönix A

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Phönix Type A
Phonix A (W.18).jpg
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer Phönix
Designer Josef Mickl [1]
Introduction 1917[2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-Heraldry.svg Austria-Hungary
Number built 45[1] to 60[2]
Wingspan 10.7 m (35 ft 2 in) [3]
Engine 200-220hp Austro-Daimler inline [3]
Armament one MG[2]
Crew 1
Max Speed 180 km/h (112 mph) [3]
Climb 3,280 ft (1,000 m) in 7:00[3]
9,840 ft (3,000 m) in 30:00[3]

The Phönix A was a license-built version of the Brandenburg W.18 flying boat fighter. ("A" was the class-designation of all Austro-Hungarian marine aircraft of that type.) Sixty were built starting in 1917. The Phönix version lightened the load by removing one of the machine guns from the original design, which increased its speed at the expense of firepower. Each flying station had one or more on hand for patrol and defense, and they served until late 1917 when more powerful Italian fighters were making their appearance. [2]


Miniatures and Models

A Brandenburg W.18 model can substitute.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nowarra, p.21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nowarra, p.22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Nowarra, pp.200-201.
  • 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