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Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon) Transport Helicopter (1941)

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The German Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 was essentially the first true military transport helicopter in aviation history.

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Specifications for the
Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon)
Transport Helicopter

Focus Model: Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache
Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer: Focke-Achgelis - Nazi Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1941
Production: 20

Crew: 2

Length: 40.19 ft (12.25 m)
Width: 80.38 ft (24.50 m)
Height: 14.30ft (4.36 m)
Weight (Empty): 7,055 lb (3,200 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 9,480 lb (4,300 kg)

Powerplant: 1 x BMW Bramo 323D-2 9-cylinder radial piston engine developing 1,000 horsepower.

Maximum Speed: 109 mph (176kmh; 95 kts)
Maximum Range: 435 miles (700km)
Service Ceiling: 15,994 ft (4,875 m; 3.0 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,000 feet-per-minute (305 m/min)

Hardpoints: 2
Armament Suite:
1 x 8mm MG 15 machine gun in nose

2 x 550lb bombs OR 2 x Naval Depth Charges

Fa 223 "Drache" - Base Series Deisgnation

Czechoslovakia; France; Nazi Germany