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Germany's Blohm und Voss Bv 139, Ha 139, Hs 139 floatplane

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Blohm und Voss Bv 139 floatplane:
Germany's Blohm und Voss Bv 139 floatplane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Blohm und Voss Bv 139 floatplane:
Germany's Blohm und Voss Bv 139 floatplane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

The Blohm und Voss Bv 139 was produced for Lufthansa before the war.1 The Bv 139 was to be a trans-ocean passenger aircraft.2

When World War II started the Luftwaffe took them over and they became reconnaissance and mine laying planes.1

Construction

The Bv 139 had a stressed skin covering an all metal framework.2

Production

  • Blohm und Voss Bv 139: 31

Usage

The lack of spare parts curtailed the use of the Bv 139.1

Specifications

  Blohm und Voss Bv 139
Type Mine laying1, Reconnaissance1
Crew  
Engine (Type) 4: Junkers Jumo 205 C1
Cylinders  
Cooling 605 each1
HP  
Fuel type  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 89'1
Length 64' 6"1
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed 206 mph1
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  Blohm und Voss Bv 139B
Type Mine Layer2
Crew  
Engine (Type) 4: Junkers Jumo 2052
Cylinders  
Cooling 600 each2
HP  
Fuel type Diesel2
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 96' 9"2
Length 64' 6"2
Height 15' 9"2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 38,600 lb2
Performance  
Speed 200 mph2
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 3,200 miles2
Armament  

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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