Hansa-Brandenburg W.12


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Hansa-Brandenburg W.12

A single-bay twin-float two-seat fighter biplane, the W.12 was flown for the first time in January 1917 with a 160hp Mercedes D III six-cylinder water-cooled engine. Of wooden construction with plywood fuselage skinning, the W12 was produced for the German Navy with both the 160hp Mercedes D Ilia engine and the 150hp Benz Bz III, and proved outstandingly manoeuvrable. Its first operations were conducted from the seaplane station at Zeebrugge, from where it quickly distinguished itself in service. Standard armament comprised one forward-firing synchronised 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine gun and a Parabellum of similar calibre on a flexible mount in the rear cockpit, but of the 146 W.12s that had been built when production terminated in June 1918, one batch of 30 Benz-engined fighters had been delivered with a forward-firing armament of two LMGs.

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

Hansa-Brandenburg W.12A three-view drawing (1695 x 1245)

 ENGINE1 x 160(150)hp MerŮedes D.III (Benz Bz.III)
  Take-off weight1454 kg3206 lb
  Empty weight997 kg2198 lb
  Wingspan11.20 m37 ft 9 in
  Length9.60 m32 ft 6 in
  Height3.30 m11 ft 10 in
  Wing area36.20 m2389.65 sq ft
  Max. speed161 km/h100 mph
  Cruise speed146 km/h91 mph
  Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
 ARMAMENT3 x 7.92mm

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