German twin-engined utility aircraft Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite).
History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model.
Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite).
Type: German twin-engined utility aircraft.
Kurt Tank‘s Fw 58, preferred to Arado’s Ar 77 design, became the Luftwaffe‘s approximate equivalent of Britain’s Airspeed Oxford: an aircrew trainer, ambulance and general-purpose hack transport. Several hundred were built by four German factories, and others were licence-built in Brazil and Hungary.
There were 13 prototypes, of which the V1 first flew in spring 1935; the V 2, V 4 and V 11 were, respectively, the basic development aircraft for Fw 58A, B and C production series.
Only a few Fw 58As were built, the Fw 58B being essentially an improved A with a glazed nose mounting for one 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun. A second MG 15 was ring-mounted aft of the crew cabin, and the Fw 58B could also carry twelve 10 kg bombs, some being used in an anti-partisan role in Bulgaria in 1944.
The solid-nosed Fw 58C, the main wartime production variant, was a six-passenger transport with 260 hp Hirth HM 508D engines.
Users: Germany, Argentina, Austria (prewar), Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey.
Animated 3D Model Focke-Wulf Fw 58B Weihe
Specifications Focke-Wulf Fw 58B Weihe
|Power plant||2 x 240 hp As10C-3|
|Wing span||21.00 m (68 ft 10.8 in )|
|Length overall||14.00 m (45 ft 11.2 in )|
|Height overall||4.20 m (13 ft 9.4 in )|
|Wing area||47.00 m² (505.90 sq ft)|
|Weight empty||1.870 kg (4,123 lb)|
|Weight loaded||2.900 kg (16,809 lb)|
|Max wing loading||61.70 kg/m² (12.64 lb/sq ft)|
|Max power loading||6.04 kg/hp (13.32 lb/hp)|
|Max level speed||255 km/h (158 mph)|
|Cruising speed||238 km/h (148 mph)|
|Initial climb||330 m/min (1,083 ft/min)|
|Service ceiling||5,400 m (17,715 ft)|
|Range||600 km (373 miles)|
|in glazed nose||1 x 7.92mm MG 15|
|in aft cabine||1 x 7.92mm MG 15|
|Bomb load||12 x 10 kg bombs (120 kg total)|
|Fw 58 Weihe||figures|
|First flight||spring or summer of 1935 (V 1)|
|Final delivery||? (c. 1944)|
|Total production figure (all)||1,668 for Germany and 319 for export (total 1,987). Additional licensed construction in Brazil and Hungary.|
References and literature
German Aircraft of World War 2 in Colour (Kenneth Munson)
Warplanes of the Luftwaffe (David Donald)