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Focke-Wulf A 17 Möwe

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A 17 Möwe
Focke Wulf A 17 L'Aéronautique November,1928.jpg
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
First flight 1927
Primary user Deutsche Luft Hansa
Number built 20

The Focke-Wulf A 17 Möwe (German: "Gull") was an airliner built in Germany in the late 1920s. It was a conventional high-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage. The aircraft provided fully enclosed seating for up to eight passengers and had a separate, fully enclosed flight deck for the two pilots. Most examples flew with Deutsche Luft Hansa, serving until around 1936. In the early 1930s, two A 17s were used for testing the Junkers Jumo 5 diesel engine.

Focke-Wulf A 17 at Berlin-Tempelhof after sustaining storm damage in July 1928
Focke-Wulf A 17 at Berlin-Tempelhof after sustaining storm damage in July 1928

In 1929, an example was built with a BMW VI engine and fitted out for aerial photography and survey work and designated A 21. The cabin was equipped with a darkroom. Later the same year, the BMW engine was used on a further five airliners for Luft Hansa, these being designated A 29.


Specifications (A 17a)

Focke-Wulf A 17 3-view drawing from NACA Aircraft Circular No.66
Focke-Wulf A 17 3-view drawing from NACA Aircraft Circular No.66

Data from European Transport Aircraft since 1910[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Capacity: eight passengers
  • Length: 14.63 m (48 ft 0 in) (tail up)
  • Wingspan: 20.00 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 62.5 m2 (673 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,450 kg (5,401 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens Jupiter VI , 360 kW (480 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 201 km/h (125 mph, 109 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 167 km/h (104 mph, 90 kn)
  • Range: 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


  1. ^ a b Stroud 1966, p. 265–256
  2. ^ Stroud 1966, p. 266
  3. ^ a b c Stroud Aeroplane Monthly & January 1987, p. 43
  4. ^ Stroud 1966, pp. 268–269
  • Stroud, John (1966). European Transport Aircraft since 1910. London: Putnam.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Stroud, John (January 1987). "Wings of Peace". Aeroplane Monthly. Vol. 15 no. 1. pp. 40–45. ISSN 0143-7240.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 394–95.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 894 Sheet 28.
  • "1928 Berlin Aero Show". Flight: 917. 18 October 1928. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  • German aircraft between 1919 and 1945
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