RAF Insignia.png

"This is command; do not engage, I repeat do not engage"

This article is currently being edited over the course of a certain period of time. During this time, please do not edit this article because the current editor might be confused. Thank You

Please remove this message when finished editing.


The Blohm & Voss 238 was a German Flying Boat prototype and was the largest aircraft ever produced by the Axis Powers.

Description

The BV-238 was powered by six Daimler-Benz DB-603 engines[4]. The aircraft weighted an impressive 120,593 lb (54,700 kg) when empty, and that weight increased when fully-loaded to 187,393 lb (85,000 kg).[4] For such a gigantic aircraft, the BV 238 had a good turn of speed, being able to go 277 mph (446 kph).[4] Although the prototype was unarmed, the armament proposed to be placed on this aircraft was very heavy. It was to be armed with a total of 20 13 mm (0.512 in)MG 131 machine guns which were to be spread out in several positions across the aircraft.[5] This defensive armament was also planned to encompass two 20 mm (0.787 in) MG151/20 autocannons in a forward dorsal turret.[5] The BV 238 was also proposed to carry a gigantic payload of twenty 250 kg (551 lb) bombs, as well as external pylons for additional ordinance.[6] The pylons were planned to carry either four torpedoes, four 1,000 kg (2,205 lb bombs) or four Hs 293 anti-shipping missiles.[6]

Variants

  • FGB 227- A 1/4th scale model of the BV-238 that was used during the plane's development.[7]
  • BV-238 V1- The sole completed BV-238 prototype. [8]
  • BV-238-Land- The planned Initial Land Based Derivative of the BV-238. [8]
  • BV-250- A planned land-based version of the BV-238 which was to be used for maritime reconnaissance and long-range transportation.[8]

History

Development

References

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.