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Focke-Achgelis Fa 225
Role Assault glider
Manufacturer Focke-Achgelis
First flight 1942
Number built 1

The Focke-Achgelis Fa 225 was an experimental single-seat rotary wing glider built in Germany by Focke-Achgelis in 1942. Only a single example was constructed.[1][2]

Design and development[edit | edit source]

In the first half of the Second World War, the DFS 230B assault glider was used primarily to land troops and supplies, but was found of limited capability as it needed a relatively large landing area. The Fa 225 was conceived to marry the rotor of the Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 with the fuselage of the DFS 230B, allowing the glider to land in 18m or less. The rotor was mounted on a framework of struts above the centre of gravity and strengthened long stroke undercarriage units were fitted either side and at the tail.[3]

Towed behind a Junkers Ju 52/3m Carl Bode piloted the Fa 225 on its first flight in 1943. Construction of the aircraft only took seven weeks,[4] but series production was not proceeded with due to the relatively slow aero-towing speed and changes in operational doctrine.[3]

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: several Fallschirmjäger
  • Length: 11.24 m (36 ft 11 in) fuselage only
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,000 kg (4,409 lb)
  • Main rotor diameter: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Main rotor area: 113.1 m2 (1,217 sq ft)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph; 103 kn) on aero-tow

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Green, William (2010). Aircraft of the Third Reich. Vol.1 (1st ed.). London: Aerospace Publishing Limited. pp. 337. ISBN 978 1 900732 06 2. 

External links[edit | edit source]

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