Focke-Wulf Fw 47

1931

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Focke-Wulf Fw 47

Developed to meet the requirements of the German meteorological service, the prototype Focke-Wulf A 47 weather reconnaissance aircraft was first flown in June 1931. Powered by a 164kW Argus As 10 engine, the A 47 was a parasol-wing monoplane with a wing of wood construction and a fabric-covered steel-tube fuselage. It was tested extensively by the Reichsverband der Deutschen Luftfahrtindustrie (predecessor of the present BDLI, or Federation of the German Aerospace Industries) and then evaluated operationally at the Hamburg weather centre, beginning in December 1932. Successful completion of the programme led to production orders for more than a score of aircraft, delivered between 1934 and 1936, and used by the meteorological service all over Germany.

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inm@rlm, e-mail, 24.03.2018 12:46

A correction to M. Francis Maigné's comment above.
D-IZAK was actually the D-code subsequently allocated to Werk-Nr. 121, D-2295. The documentary evidence is in the Bundesarchiv, file reference BA-MA RL 3 1834, on the sheet stamped 80.
So were there actually only eight Fw 47 C produced (and not 9)? What evidence supports the figure for a total of 9 x Fw 47 C?

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Barry, 25.01.2013 17:11

I am sure Francis Maigne has given a lot of this information, but if you are like me just one step below schoolboy French this may help.
There were 35 models produced in a,C D and E versions. Production was between 1934 and 1036 with one further model an 'E' being built in 1939. The prototype of the Hohengeier was flown in June 1932 by Corneilius Edzard, who had taken over aircraft testing from Georg Wulf after the latter's death testing the Fw19 Ete. The initial 'a' model was powered by a 195 /200hp Argus As10, the 'C' model was powered by a 240hp Argus As10C, and the 'D' and 'E' models were powered by a 270hp Argus As10 Dor E. Typically the Fw47 had a wing span of 10.57m and the 'D' model weighed in at 1475kg for take off. It has been reported that two Fw47 Hohengeier's survived the war.

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dawang, 18.06.2011 08:46

Can you be so kind and write me more about the source of the fotograph, and secondly send me a higher resolution scan of that foto.

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Francis Maigné, e-mail, 22.12.2009 12:10

Fw 47 Höhengeier
Monomoteur de reconnaissance météorologique, biplace en tandem à ciel ouvert en postes séparés, monoplan à voilure parasol
contreventé, monodérive, empennage classique cantilever, train d'atterrissage fixe à roues indépendantes, béquille de queue. Construc tion classique en tubes d'acier soudés et entoilage.
A : 1 moteur tractif de 8 cylindres en V inversé Argus As 10 de 220 Cv, hélice bipale à pas fixe de 2,80 m de diamètre, E: 17,76 m, L: 10,50 m, H: 3,04 m, Sa: 35,00 m², PV: 950 Kg, PTC: 1475 Kg, Carburant: 2 x 75 litres, C /a: 42,142 Kg /m², P /p: 6,704 Kg /Cv, Vm: 172 Km /h, Vitesse d'atterrissage: 77 Km /h, VASC: 1000 m e 6 minutes, 2000 m en 13,3 minutes, 4000 m en 34 minutes. 1er vol : Juin 1931 par Cornelius Edzard, 1 exemplaire: WerkNr. 121, D-2295
Fw 44C : Version de série initiale. 1 moteur tractif de 8 cylindres en V inversé Argus As 10C de 240 Cv, hélice bipale à pas variable de 2,80 m de diamètre, E : 17,76 m, L: 10,57 m, H : 3,04 m, Sa: 35,00 m², Pv : 1065 Kg , Ptc : 1580 Kg, Carburant: 2 x 75 litres,Vm : 191 Kmh, Vc: 175 Km /h, VASC: 1000 m en 4 minutes, Pla: 5000 m, Df : 640 Km. 9 exemplaires, D-IGYH, D-INYP, D-IPIN, D-IREZ, D-IVYL, D-IVYM, D-IZAK et D-IBVY
Fw 44D : Version de série avec 1 moteur tractif de 8 cylindres en V inversé Argus As 10D ou E 270, hélice bipale à pas variable de 2,80 m de diamètre, E: 17,76 m, L: 10,57 m, H : 3,04 m, Sa: 35,00 m², Pv : 1095 Kg , Ptc : 1475 Kg, Carburant: 2 x 75 litres. 24 exemplaires, D-IGBU, D-IJTE, D-ILBA, D-IOLY, D-IPRA, D-ISFA, D-ITLO, D-ITPO, D-IUNE, D-IXLU ….
Fw 44E : Version avec 1 moteur de 8 cylindres en V inversé Argus As 10D ou E 270, hélice bipale à pas variable de 2,80 m de diamètre, E : 17,76 m, L: 10,57 m, H : 3,04 m, Sa: 35,00 m². 1939, 1 exemplaire
Production totale : 35 exemplaires

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Boogey, e-mail, 14.09.2009 17:26

There are more photos and informations on the side below :
www.luftarchiv.de /

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Dr. Vollbrecht, e-mail, 11.03.2007 12:30

Dear Sir or madam, the aircraft FW 47 with the official number D-IREZ on the fotograf you have published on the site concerning this weather airplane is of special interest to me.
Can you be so kind and write me more about the source of the fotograph, and secondly send me a higher resolution scan of that foto?
I would be very glad to hear from you.
Best wishes, yours sincerely
Dr. J. Vollbrecht

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