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BV 144
Bv 144 in Free French Forces markings
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Blohm & Voss
First flight August, 1944
Primary user Luftwaffe
French Air Force
Produced Société Anonyme des Ateliers d'Aviation Louis Breguet
Number built One prototype

The Blohm & Voss BV 144 was an attempt by Germany in World War II, to develop an advanced commercial airliner for post-war service. Due to the changing course of the war the project was abandoned and only a single example was built.

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Development

In 1940, Blohm & Voss, at the request of Lufthansa, designed the BV 144 as a short to medium range airliner. At the time the war was going in Germany’s favour, and planning for post-war commercial airliner services was reasonable. The BV 144 was an all-metal, high-wing monoplane, powered by two BMW 801 MA radial engines. A unique feature of the BV 144 was the wing, which was designed to have variable incidence. An electro-mechanical device rotated the wing by its main spar, up to 9°. The BV 144 had a crew of three and was planned to be capable of carrying 18 to 23 passengers.

Prototype

After the fall of France in 1940, it was decided to build two BV 144 prototypes in France, making use of French industry. The BV 144 V1 (first prototype) made its maiden flight in August 1944. By this time, Germany was retreating from France, thus the BV 144 project and single prototype were abandoned by the Germans. The French captured the BV 144 V1 and applied French markings to it, but ultimately abandoned the project.

Operators

Specifications

Data from Hitler's Luftwaffe [1]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 18 passengers
  • Length: 21.80 m (71 ft 6¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 27.00 m (88 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 4.75 m (15 ft 6¾ in)
  • Wing area: 88 m² [2] (247 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,900 kg (17,416 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lb)
  • Powerplant:BMW 801A 14 cylinder two-row radial engine, 1,147 kW (1,560 PS; 1,539 hp) each

Performance

See also

References

  1. ^ Wood and Gunston 1977, p.136.
  2. ^ Gunston 1980, p.143.
  • Gunston, Bill. (ed.) (1980). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Propeller Airliners. London: Phoebus. ISBN 0 7112 0062 9. 
  • Smith, J. Richard; Anthony L. Kay (1978). German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putnam. pp. 73–75. ISBN 0-370-00024-2. 
  • Wood, Tony; Gunston, Bill (1977). Hitler's Luftwaffe. London: Salamander. ISBN 0-86101-005-1. 
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