STRANGE WWII GERMAN SEAPLANE - BLOHM & VOSS BV-138C-1 - W/ STRANGE DEGAUSSING RING
The Blohm and Voss Bv 138 was a German floatplane that saw quantitative production in the Second World War. Initially conceived of as early as 1936, the system would enter service by 1940 and play the most pivotal role of maritime reconnaissance and patrol for The Reich, working on occasion in conjunction with the feared and lethal U-boat crews prowling the Atlantic and Mediterranean waters.
The Bv 138 carried wit it a most unique design. The wings were of a high-mounted monoplane type with pontoon skids on either side. Two engines were mounted on the main wings and extended out into tail booms to twin-fins in the tail assembly. A third engine was mounted in the upper fuselage, above and behind the flight deck.
The Bv 138 was developed from three operational prototypes, thought these early systems were fitted with under-powered Junkers Jumo powerplants and circular-type tail boom assemblies. With some revision, the Bv 138A in prototype form was now distinct enough to warrant an all-new designation of Bv 138A-1. These systems now featured the Junkers Jumo 205D 700 horsepower engines.
Technical data (BV 138C-1)
Type: Long-range Maritime Reconnaissance Flying Boat
Power Plant: Three Junkers Jumo 205 D six-cylinder vertical opposed-piston compression-ignition two-stroke engines, each rated at 880hp for take-off.
Armament: One 20-mm MG 151 cannon in bow turret, one 20-mm MG 151 cannon mounted in turret in hull tail, and one 13-mm MG 131 machine gun on open position aft of central engine, plus (optional) one 7.9-mm MG 15 machine gun firing through hatch in starboard side of hull. (Offensive) Three 110-lb. bombs on racks beneath the starboard wing centre section, or (U1) six 110-lb. bombs or four 331-lb. depth charges.
maximum speed: 177 m.p.h. at sea level (at 31967 lb.)
normal cruising speed: 146 m.p.h. at 3280 ft.
climb to 10390 ft.: 24 min.
service ceiling at 31967 lb.: 16400 ft.
service ceiling at 38912 lb.: 9185 ft.
normal range: 758 miles at 122 m.p.h.
maximum range: 2670 miles with 825 Imp. gal.
normal endurance: 6.5 hrs
maximum endurance: 18 hrs
empty: 25948 lb.
normal loaded: 31967 lb.
maximum loaded: 38912 lb.
span: 88 ft. 4.25 in.
length: 65 ft. 1.5 in.
height: 19 ft. 4.25 in.
wing area: 1205.558 sq. ft.