Focke-Wulf A 40 - Focke-Wulf A 40

Focke-Wulf A 40 (Fw 40)
Type: Close-up reconnaissance aircraft
Design country:

NS StateNS State German Empire



First flight:

January 30, 1933




The Focke-Wulf A 40 was a German reconnaissance aircraft produced by Focke-Wulf-Flugzeugbau AG in Bremen . It was later named Fw 40 in the course of the introduction of the abbreviation for the designs by Focke-Wulf .


The A 40 was designed by Paul Klages as a further development of the S 39 in competition with the Heinkel He 46 based on a tender for a close-up reconnaissance aircraft . The as strutted high-wing monoplane designed prototype with a rigid chassis and the plant number 99 was used as D–1908the test site of the Reich Association of the German aviation industry in Berlin-Staaken registered [1] and there tested starting January 30, 1933rd Since the He 46 had better performance parameters, it stayed with this one copy. [2] The A 40 was then fromReichsamt für Flugsicherung and from 1934 also used by its successor, the Reichsamt für Wetterdienst , as a weather aircraft and received the license plate in the same year due to the change of the German identification system D–IJEF. She was decommissioned on September 16, 1938.

Technical specifications

Parameter Data
crew 2
span 14,00 m
Long 9,50 m
height 3,50 m
Wing area 32,00 m²
Leather massage 1450 kg
Starting mass 2275 kg
drive an air-cooled nine-cylinder - radial engine
Siemens & Halske "Jupiter IV" with 510 hp (375 kW)
Top speed 250 km / h
Marching speed 230 km / h
Landing speed 90 km / h
Rise time 22.0 min at 4000 m altitude
Service ceiling 5500 m
Range 750 km
Armament a light machine gun for the observer

See also


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karl Ries: Research on the German Aircraft Role, Part 1 1919–1934. , Verlag Dieter Hoffmann, Mainz 1977, ISBN 3-87341-022-2 , p. 138.
  2. ^ Reinhold Thiel : Focke-Wulf aircraft construction. , HM Hauschild, Bremen 2011, ISBN 978-3-89757-489-2 , p. 64.