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Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe



Type: Multi-Role Trainer, Transport & Ambulance
Origin: Focke-Wulf flugzeugbau Gmbh
Models: B and C
First Flight: 1935
Service Delivery: 1937
Final Delivery: 1942
Production: 1,350

Engine:
Model: Argus As 10C
Type: Inverted V8 water-cooled
Number: Two       Horsepower: 240 hp

Dimensions:
Wing span: 21m (68 ft. 10¾ in.)
Length: 14m (45 ft. 11¼ in.)
Height: 4.21m (13 ft. 10 in.)
Wing Surface Area:
  505.92 sq. ft. (47.00m²)
  Weights:
Empty: 2400kg (5,291 lbs.)
Maximum: 3600kg (7,937 lbs.)

Performance:
Maximum Speed: 280kph (174 mph)
Range: 497 miles (800 km)


Armament:
Three MG 15 machine guns

Comments
The Weihe (Kite, a bird also called Drache) was one of the most important utility aircraft of the Luftwaffe, in the class of the Anson or Oxford. First flown as a six-seat civil transport in 1935, it blossomed forth in many military versions with up to three MG 15 or other guns, wing and fuselage bomb racks and wheel/ski/float landing gear. About 4,500 Fw 58C were delivered to the Luftwaffe in 1937-42, called Leukoplast-bomber (sticking-plaster bomber) in the ambulance role. A typical duty was spraying Russian areas with germicides.


Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London
Donald, David - The Complete Encyclopedia Of World Aircraft, 1997, Brown Packaging Books Ltd., London

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