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The FF.33f fighter/patrol seaplane as succeeded by the Friedrichshafen FF.33h. The 33h saw cleaned-up aerodynamic details and floats with the goal of reducing drag. Forty-five were built before the type was replaced in production by the Friedrichshafen FF.33l.[1]

Friedrichshafen FF.33h
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Introduction Jan 1916 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 45 [1][2]
Variants 33, 33b, 33e, 33f, 33j, 33l, 33s
Wingspan 14.2 m (46 ft 7 in) [3]
Engine 150hp Benz Bz.III inline
Armament rear flexible Parabellum
small bomb load
Max Speed 122 km/h (76 mph) [3]

In addition to changing to clean two-bay, smaller wings, a small bomb load was carried so the planes could attack enemy shipping. It was in production from spring to autumn of 1916, with planes delivered in batches of five to ten. Despite a shorter wingspan, the 33.H was somewhat slower than its predecessors.[2] In May 1917, 25 FF.33H were in service.[4]

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

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gray, p.121.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nowarra, p.36.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  4. Nowarra, p.38.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • 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