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BV 141

ManufacturerBlohm & Voß
Primary RolePrototype Aircraft
Maiden Flight25 February 1938


ww2dbaseThe BV 141 tactical reconnaissance aircraft were designed in response to the 1937 German Air Ministry's request for a single-engined aircraft dedicated to the reconnaissance role. The design, drafted by Dr. Richard Vogt of Blohm & Voß, was unique. The BV 141 aircraft were asymmetrical. The fuselages of the aircraft resided on the port side of the aircraft, while the much shorter gondola structures were mounted on the starboard side to house the crew. The design allowed a much greater field of view than conventional reconnaissance aircraft, while flight characteristics were deemed very stable even though the aircraft were asymmetrical. Orders to produce a total of 38 aircraft were given, but ultimately they never entered operational status.

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MachineryOne BMW 801 air-cooled 14-cylinder radial engine rated at 1,560hp
Armament2x7.92mm MG 17 machine guns, 2x7.92mm MG 15 machine guns
Span17.45 m
Length13.95 m
Height3.60 m
Wing Area53.00 m
Weight, Empty4,700 kg
Weight, Loaded5,700 kg
Speed, Maximum438 km/h
Service Ceiling10,000 m
Range, Normal1,200 km
Range, Maximum1,900 km

MachineryOne BMW 132N 9-cyinlinder engine rated at 960hp
Armament2x7.92mm MG 17 machine guns, 2x7.92mm MG 15 machine guns
Span17.45 m
Length9.96 m
Height4.10 m
Wing Area53.00 m
Weight, Empty3,167 kg
Weight, Loaded3,900 kg
Speed, Maximum400 km/h
Service Ceiling10,000 m
Range, Normal1,139 km


BV 141 V-1 prototype aircraft at an airfield, date unknownBV 141 aircraft at rest, date unknownBV 141 aircraft in flight, date unknown; photo 1 of 3BV 141 aircraft in flight, date unknown; photo 2 of 3
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Nov 2013 07:26:33 PM

STRANGE PLANES: In 1944 Blohm & Voss BV P 194 was another drawing board project that never went into production. It was a proposed single-seat multi-role aircraft for the Luftwaffe. Armed with 2 x 20mm cannons w/500 rounds per gun and 2 x 30mm cannons w/140 rounds per gun, as a ground attack aircraft, it could also carry bombs SLAPPED TOGETHER: ASYMMETRIC DESIGN The BV P 194 would use many different components and other off the shelf assemblies. Powered by 1 x BMW 801 air-cooled propeller-driven radial engine that was used in the Focke-Wulf FW190 fighter, Me 262 engine nacelle, 1 x Jumo 004 Turbojet engine, Ju188 fuselage, wings and tail along with other aircraft assemblies. ASYMMETRIC DESIGN: Design that placed the fuselage and engine off to one side of the wing, and counterbalanced it with a separate nacelle

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