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Hansa-Brandenburg W.19


An enlarged W.12 developed to meet a demand for a two-seat fighter seaplane with greater endurance, the W.19 was first committed to operations in January 1918. Appreciably larger than the W.12, the W.19 was of similar construction with fabric-covered wings and plywood-covered fuselage and floats, and was powered by a 260hp Maybach Mb IVa six-cylinder water-cooled engine. The substantial increase in span necessitated the adoption of a two-bay arrangement, and, apart from the three prototypes, all W.19s carried an armament of two 7.92mm LMG 08/15 synchronised machine guns and a single Parabellum of similar calibre on a flexible mount in the rear cockpit. One W.19 was experimentally fitted with a 20mm Becker cannon for trials. A total of 53 production W.19s was completed (one being retained for static tests).

Crew: 2
Engine: 1 x 260hp Maybach Mb.IV
Max take-off weight: 2005 kg / 4420 lb
Empty weight: 1435 kg / 3164 lb
Wingspan: 13.80 m / 45 ft 3 in
Length: 10.65 m / 35 ft 11 in
Height: 4.10 m / 13 ft 5 in
Wing area: 57.80 sq.m / 622.15 sq ft
Max. speed: 151 km/h / 94 mph
Cruise speed: 143 km/h / 89 mph
Ceiling: 5000 m / 16400 ft
Rate of climb: 156 m/min / 500 ft/min
Armament: 2 x 7.92





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