Sablatnig SF.5

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Sablatnig SF.5
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Sablatnig
Designer Josef Sablatnig[1]
Introduction March 1917 [2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 91[3][4] to 101 [2]
Developed from Sablatnig SF.2
Wingspan 17.3 m (56 ft 9 in) [5]
Engine 150hp Benz Bz.III [2]
Armament none
Crew 2
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph)[5][note 1]
-148 km/h (92 mph)[2]
Climb 3,000 ft (910 m) in 13:00[5]
1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 11:36[2]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 21:48[2]

The Sablatnig SF.5 seaplane was a development of the SF.2. It carried a radio transmitter, and a fair number of them were built (on a scale for Sablatnig). [2] However, performance was lacking and they were not considered a success. They were used over the North Sea and the Baltic, where they suffered from attack from Russian fighters. It is likely that they were recalled and used for training. [3]

They were built by L.F.G. Roland and L.V.G. as well as the parent company. Several were used against Russian bases where they were opposed by Nieuports, and at least two SF.5s were captured by the Russians. Eighty-four were in use in May 1917, despite their being ill-liked by their crews for their slow speed and lack of armament.[4]


  1. With a cruising speed of 109 km/h (68 mph)[5]
  1. Munson, p.170.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Gray, p.536.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Munson, p.171.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nowarra, p.64.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Nowarra, pp.206-207.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • 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