Hansa-Brandenburg W.27, W.32
1918
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W.27

Early in 1918, it was suggested to Ernst Heinkel that a successor to the W.12 two-seat fighter would soon be required if the German Navy was to maintain its superiority over Allied types being encountered over the North Sea. To conserve valuable time, Heinkel installed the new 195hp Benz Bz Illbo eight-cylinder Vee engine in a modified W.12 airframe and a 160hp Mercedes D Ilia in a second W.12. Wing span and gap were reduced, stagger was increased to improve visibility, and aerofoil- section I-type interplane struts were adopted. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.92mm LMG 08/15 machine guns and one 7.92mm Parabellum on a flexible mount in the rear cockpit. The Benz-engined prototype received the designation W.27 while that powered by the Mercedes engine became the W.32, but both were found inferior to the W.29 monoplane and no further development was undertaken.

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

W.32


Specification 
 MODELW 27
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1619 kg3569 lb
    Empty weight1109 kg2445 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.20 m37 ft 9 in
    Length9.23 m30 ft 3 in
    Height3.06 m10 ft 0 in
    Wing area36.06 m2388.15 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed170 km/h106 mph

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