Sunday, August 21, 2011

Germany - 1916 Friedrichshafen FF.43

The Friedrichshafen FF.43 was a German single-seat floatplane fighter of the 1910s produced by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen.

Designed for defence of the floatplane bases, the FF.43 was a biplane powered by a Mercedes D.III inline piston engine driving a tractor propeller. It was armed with two 7.92 mm (0.312 in) LMG 08/15 forward-firing machine guns. Only one aircraft was built.


  1. Friedrichshafen FF.43. (2010, September 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:47, February 12, 2011, from
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
  3. Borzutzki, Siegfried (1993). Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH: Diplom-Ingenieur Theodor Kober. Berlin: KÖnigswinter.


The Angry Lurker said...

Another nice looking and rare floater.

Unknown said...

It was a lovely plane. It is a pity there was only one built. I would have loved to do several versions of it. Sometimes there is something to be said for alternate histories.

Jon Yuengling said...

Alternate histories are easy to do for WWI. Just think of the aircraft for The Big Push of 1919.

Unknown said...

True Jon, There were so many great designs which came on line just as the war ended. The next year would have marked an entirely new level of lethality from aircraft. Besides improved fighter aircraft there were designs for tank killers and heavy bombers were being refined into truly awesome weapons. The amount of casualties would have soared. It is a loss for gamers, but would have pushed countries to the brink of survival