Hansa-Brandenburg KF


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Hansa-Brandenburg KF

The first fighter to be designed by Ernst Heinkel as chief designer for the Hansa- und Brandenburgische Flugzeug-Werke, the KF two-seater appeared early in 1916, and was a two-bay, twin-boom biplane powered by a 150hp Benz Bz III six-cylinder water-cooled engine installed as a pusher and driving a two-bladed pro-peller between the tailbooms. The KF was of wooden construction with plywood-covered fuselage nacelle and tailbooms, and armament was intended to consist of a single 7.92mm Parabellum machine gun on a flexible mounting in the forward cockpit. Work on the KF was discontinued as it offered no advance in performance over the similarly-configured Ago C.I which served in the reconnaissance role.

W.Green, D.Swanborough "The Complete Book of Fighters", 2000

  Take-off weight1290 kg2844 lb
  Empty weight760 kg1676 lb
  Wingspan11.60 m38 ft 1 in
  Length8.48 m28 ft 10 in
  Wing area38.6 m2415.49 sq ft
  Max. speed140 km/h87 mph

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