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The Friedrichshafen FF.49c was a strengthened and enlarged Friedrichshafen FF.33j with a larger 200hp Benz engine. The increased horsepower allowed the plane to carry both radio equipment and a defensive machine gun. Balanced controls made it less tiring to fly, which was important on a long patrol. As a testament to its seaworthiness, one FF.49c spent an entire week floating in the North Sea until its crew was finally rescued.[1] The FF.49c was used through the Armistice.[1] Originally it was armed only with the observer's gun, but late-production models in 1918 included a synchronized forward-firing gun.[2]

Friedrichshafen FF.49c
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Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 218-235 [1][2]
Variants Friedrichshafen FF.49b
Wingspan 17.1 m (56 ft 3 in) [3]
Engine 200hp Benz Bz.IV inline
Armament (1918) fixed, sync. LMG08/15 and
flexible rear Parabellum
Crew 2
Max Speed 139 km/h (86 mph)[4][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:00[4][3]
Range 700 km (435 mi) [3]
Endurance 5:40 [4]

The FF49 performed admirably whether it was on patrol, doing a rescue, or guiding a ship or submarine through an Entente minefield.[5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen FF.49.

Game DataEdit

Wings of GloryEdit

Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
17Q3-18Q4 G B/B 15 ? 6

Miniatures and ModelsEdit

1:144 ScaleEdit

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gray, p.124.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Munson, p.169.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gray, p.127.
  5. Nowarra, p.30.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • 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