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Blohm & Voss Bv 138

Flying boat




Blohm & Voss Bv 138 Flying boat reconnaissance

Service Data

In Service: 15 July 1937 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight: 15 July 1937
Manufacturer: Blohm & Voss
Number built: 297

Technical Data

Type: Flying boat reconnaissance

Crew: 6 men
Length: 19.9 m
Wingspan: 27 m
Wing area: 112 m²
Height: 6.6 m
Empty: 8,100 kg
Loaded: 14,700 kg
Engine: 3 × Junkers Jumo 205D 6 cylinder 12 piston liquid cooled opposed piston inline two stroke diesel engine producing up to 850 hp each
Maximum speed: 275 km/h
Range: 5,000 km
Service ceiling: 5,000 m
Armament:
1 × 20 mm MG 151/20 machine gun in bow turrets
1 × 20 mm MG 151/20 machine gun in stern turret
1 × 13 mm MG 131 machine gun manually aimed in rear hull
Bomb load up to 6 × 50 kg
Electronics:
Operators: Luftwaffe
Variants:
Ha 138 V-1 first flight on 15 July 1937
Ha 138 V-2 first flight in August 1937
Ha 138 V-3 Construction was abandoned
BV 138 A-0
BV 138 A-1
BV 138 B-0 entered service in October 1940
BV 138 B-1 entered service in November 1940
BV 138 B-1/U1
BV 138C
BV 138 C-1
BV 138 C-1/U
BV 138 MS minesweeper variant

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History

The Blohm & Voss Bv 138 was a six seat three engines long range flying boat maritime reconnaissance aircraft

Gallery

Blohm & Voss Bv 138 Flying boat reconnaissance picture 2
Blohm & Voss Bv 138 Flying boat reconnaissance picture 3
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Blohm & Voss Bv 138 Flying boat reconnaissance picture 5
Blohm & Voss Bv 138 Flying boat reconnaissance picture 6
Blohm & Voss Bv 138 Flying boat reconnaissance picture 7

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Sources

The Warplanes of the Third Reich.
ISBN-10: 0385057822

German Aircraft of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0370000242

Hitler's Luftwaffe.
ISBN-10: 051718771X

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