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DFW Floh[]

DFW floh

DFW T.28 Floh cica 1915


The DFW T.28 Floh (English: Flea) was a small German biplane fighter prototype designed by Hermann Dorner, the designer of the successful Hannover CL.II two-seat fighter of 1917, and built by Deutsche Flugzeug-Werke.

Designed in 1915 as a high-speed fighter, the Floh had a small 6.20 m (20.3 ft) wingspan and a rather ungainly tall and thin fuselage. With a fixed conventional landing gear the Floh was powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Mercedes D.I. inline piston engine, and on its first flight in December 1915 reached 180 km/h (110 mph), quite fast for the time.

View showing poor forward visibility.

View showing poor forward visibility.

The aircraft suffered from very poor forward visibility and was difficult to land due to its narrow landing gear. The prototype crashed during the flight testing program.

Specifications[]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 15 m2 (160 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 420 kg (926 lb)
  • Gross weight: 650 kg (1,433 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.I water-cooled inline piston, 75 kW (100 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (110 mph, 97 kn)

Armament

  • 1 7.92mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 Spandau machine gun
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