Blohm und Voss BV 141
1938
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Blohm und Voss BV 141

Unique observation aircraft with crew nacelle mounted to one side of the fuselage and tractor engine on the centre-section of the monoplane wing. Small number operated on the Eastern Front from late 1941.

Blohm und Voss BV 141


Specification 
 CREW3
 ENGINE1 x BMW 801A-O, 1145kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight5800 kg12787 lb
    Empty weight1100 kg2425 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan17.5 m57 ft 5 in
    Length14.0 m46 ft 11 in
    Height3.6 m12 ft 10 in
    Wing area52.9 m2569.41 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed410 km/h255 mph
    Cruise speed350 km/h217 mph
    Ceiling10000 m32800 ft
    Range w/max.fuel1900 km1181 miles
    Range w/max.payload1200 km746 miles
 ARMAMENT4 machine-guns, 200kg of bombs

3-View 
Blohm und Voss BV 141A three-view drawing (1000 x 716)

Comments
Fardad Izadi, 03.08.2015

The Blohm und Voss BV-141 is a grate novelty of the operational asymmetrical aircraft design .

Bob Russell, 01.02.2014

I'd like to build an RC model of this airplane and am looking for drawings. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks........... R

Martijn, 18.07.2012

No the BMW 801 engine gave this bird unpleasant vibrations, original it used BMW 132 engine (with 132 engine it flew well) but the RLM (German Air Ministry) wanted more power so Blohm & Voss gave it the BMW 801 engine wich didn't go well.
Since the had the Fw 189 they stoped production of the Bv 141.

Ben Beekman, 27.01.2011

It could be that its weird shape was meant to baffle and confuse its enemies, giving it time to snoop before vanishing over the horizon! Seriously, though, its performance specs are quite superior those of its competition, the FW189. It was more than 40 mph faster, could fly 10,000 feet higher, and had a range about twice that of its rival. Like de Jong, I've also read that it was the need for the BMW801A-0 engine, used by higher priority combat aircraft, that held it back.

Bill Stone, 05.10.2009

I recall the wartime entry in Wren's 'Oddentification' regarding this aircraft.

"Of all the awkward shapes we've met,
This is the Blohm-und-Voss one yet!

jun admana, 03.10.2009

It shouldn't be criticized for its looks. It was intended to be asymmetrical as an observation plane. If it flies well, then the Germans have achieved another engineering marvel in the field of aviation during the war years.

M.V. de Jong, 03.03.2008

It was a great airplane, in spite of its weird looks it flew great, the torque of the propellor offsetting the asymmetric configuration (some feat of engineering). It had an even larger field of view than its rival, the Focke-Wulf FW189.

The main reason it lost the competition with the FW is that the twin-engined twin-boom FW189 could use 2 relatively weak (French-built) engines, while the single-engined BV141 required a much more powerful engine, and those were reserved for the single-engine fighters like the Me109 and the FW190.

BRI'AN, 23.02.2008

JA!Blohm und Voss BV-141... NAZI DEUTSCHLAND,LUFFTWAFFE
ACES,BESTMANN DER VISION.

PAUL, 29.01.2008

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THE GERMAN PILOTS LOVED IT FOR ITS OUTSTANDING ALL-ROUND VISION.

T.J. "Tabor", 04.02.2007

Ah yes... The Blohm und Voss BV-141... The World's Most Asymetrical Airplane. It performed exceptionally well, but nobody liked it.

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