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The Hansa-Brandenburg CC was a single-seat German fighter flying boat of World War I. It was used by both the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) and the Austro-Hungarian Navy.

Development and design[edit | edit source]

The Hansa-Brandenburg CC (where the designation CC came from the initials of the financier of the Hansa Brandenburg works, Camillo Castiglioni) was designed by Ernst Heinkel during 1916 for use by the Austro-Hungarian Navy. It was a single engined, single seater flying boat, with a pusher engine mounted between the wings. It had single-bay wings, with the unusual "Star-Strutter" arrangement of bracing struts (where four Vee struts joined in the centre of the wing bay to result in a "star" arrangement) shared with the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I and the KDW.

The CC was purchased both by Austro-Hungary and the Imperial German Navy. The Austro-Hungarian aircraft were powered by 119 kW (160 hp) Austro-Daimler or 130 kW (180 hp) Hiero engines and armed by a single 8 mm (.315 in) Schwarzlose machine gun. The German aircraft were powered by 110 kW (150 hp) Benz Bz.III engines and armed with one or two lMG 08/15 machine guns.[1]

One example was modified as a triplane, while a second aircraft was modified with sponsons replacing the outrigger floats in support of the development process for the Staaken Rs IV.

Triplane variant[edit | edit source]

The triplane configuration was created from the standard model by inserting a third, short-span wing between the upper and lower planes of, at the point where the star struts crossed. Delivered to Austro-Hungary in the Spring of 1917, the sole example was written off that Autumn following a landing accident.[1]

Operational history[edit | edit source]

Austro-Hungary received 37 Hansa Brandenburg CCs, using them to provide air defence for ports and naval bases along the Adriatic sea coast.[2]

Germany received 36 aircraft from February 1917. They were temporarily grounded in July of that year because of severe vibration, being modified with additional interplane bracing struts.[3]

Operators[edit | edit source]

 Austria-Hungary

 German Empire

Specifications (CC)[edit | edit source]

Hansa-Brandenburg CC 3-view.svg

Data from The Complete Book of Fighters [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 7.69 m (25 ft 2¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.30 m (30 ft 6⅛ in)
  • Height: 3.57 m (11 ft 8½ in)
  • Wing area: 26.5 m² (285 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 800 kg (1,764 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,080 kg (2,381 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.III water cooler six-cyliner inline engine, 112 kW (150 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 175 km/h (95 kn, 109 mph)
  • Range: 500 km (270 nmi, 310 mi)
  • Wing loading: 40.8 kg/m² (8.35 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.10 kW/kg (0.063 hp/lb)
  • Climb to 1,000 m (3,280 ft):4.8 min

Armament

1 × 8 mm (.315 in) Schwarzlose (Austro-Hungary) or 1 or 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) LMG 08/15 machine guns

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Green and Swanborough 1994, p.83.
  2. Hansa Brandenburg CC Fiddlersgreen.net. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Green and Swanborough 1994, p.84.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Gray, Peter and Thetford, Owen. German Aircraft of the First World War. London: Putnam, 1962
  • Green, William and Swanborough, Gordon. The Complete Book of Fighters. New York: Smithmark, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.
  • Haddow, George (July/August 2007). "George Haddow's guide to WW1 Austro-Hungarian Aeroplanes No.9, Hansa-Brandenburg Type CC". Albatros Productions. pp. 6–15. 

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