The Friedrichshafen FF.33l was the last of the fighter/patrol FF.33s, and the first of the line to provide the pilot with a synchronized gun. It was provided with all the small refinements the line had received, and it was found to be fairly nimble and seaworthy and -- like all Friedrichshafen planes -- robust and well-built.
|First flight||early 1917|
|Introduction||Sept 1916  to early 1917|
|Variants||33, 33b, 33e, 33f, 33h, 33j, 33s|
|Wingspan||13.2 m (43 ft 4 in) |
|Engine||150hp Benz Bz.III inline|
|Armament||(some) fixed sync. LMG08/15 and|
rear flexible Parabellum
|Max Speed||136 km/h (85 mph) - 140 km/h (87 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:00-10:00|
Two varieties were built: the C2MG with a fixed, synchronized LMG08/15 for the pilot, and the CHFT, which sacrificed the pilot's gun for extra radio equipment. Both varieties provided the observer with a flexible Parabellum. Roughly 40 C2MG and 95 CHFT FF33.l's were delivered. In May 1917, 114 FF.33L were in service.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen FF.33.
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