The Hansa-brandenburg W.12 was developed in 1916 by Ernst Heinkel. It was a two-seat fighter-scout, which made its first flight in January 1917. It was a very manoeuvrable aircraft.
The fuselage was made of plywood. Noteworthy was the downward rudder, thus giving the observer a free field to fire.
The aircraft was produced with either a 160 hp Mercedes D.III as well as a 150 hp Benz Bz.II.
The first series of the production suffered from problems with longitudinal stability. From aircraft with construction-number 2000 and on this was solved by extending the fuselage.
|Length:||9,47 m||Wingspan:||11,25 m|
|Height:||3,23 m||Wing area:||35 m2|
|Empty weight:||937 kg||Max. start weight:||1314 kg|
|Max. speed:||150 km/hr||Climbing speed:||- m/min|
|Cruising speed:||- km/hr|
|Range:||- km||Service ceiling:||- m|
|Engine type:||One Mercedes D-IIIa rated 180 hp|
|Crew:||To me: one aviator plus one observer/air gunner|
|Armament:||One or two fixed forward firing 7,9 mm Spandau LMG 08/15 plus one moveable 7,9 mm Parabellum MG 14 machine gun.|
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