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

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/3/2013

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


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


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


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

OPTIONAL:
2 x 550lb bombs OR 2 x Naval Depth Charges


Variants:
Fa 223 "Drache" - Base Series Deisgnation


Operators:
Czechoslovakia; France; Nazi Germany