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KDW
Role Floatplane fighter
Manufacturer Hansa und Brandenburgische Flugzeug-Werke
Designer Ernst Heinkel
Introduction 1916
Number built ~60
Developed from Hansa-Brandenburg D.I

The Hansa-Brandenburg KDW was a German fighter floatplane of World War I. The KDW - Kampf Doppeldecker, Wasser ("Fighter Biplane, Water") - was an adaptation of the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I landplane and was designed to provide coastal defence over the North Sea and Adriatic.

It was produced under licence by the Austrian manufacturer Phönix from 1916 in five batches, each with different engines, around 60 aircraft in total being produced.

Operators[edit | edit source]

 Germany

Specifications (KDW)[edit | edit source]

Data from Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.25 m (30 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
  • Gross weight: 1,040 kg (2,293 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Benz Bz.III 6-cyl. water-cooled inline piston engine, 112 kW (150 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 172 km/h (107 mph; 93 kn)
  • Endurance: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,123 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 1 or 2 × fixed forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jackson, Robert, The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, Parragon, 2002. ISBN 0-7525-8130-9

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