Fw 58 Weihe

German twin-engined utility aircraft Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite).
History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model.

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Focke Wulf Fw 58B Weihe

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


Fw 58B Specification
TypeUtility aircraft
Power plant 2 x 240 hp As10C-3
Wing span 21.00 m (68 ft 10.8 in )
Length overall14.00 m (45 ft 11.2 in )
Height overall4.20 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)


Fw 58B Specification
in glazed nose 1 x 7.92mm MG 15
in aft cabine 1 x 7.92mm MG 15
Machine-guns total2
Bomb load 12 x 10 kg bombs (120 kg total)

Service statistics:

Fw 58 Weihe figures
First flightspring or summer of 1935 (V 1)
Production delivery?
Service delivery?
Final delivery? (c. 1944)
Unit costs?
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)

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