Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
Icon of navy warships
Icon of a dollar sign
Icon of military officer saluting

Blohm and Voss Bv 142

Long-Range Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Blohm and Voss Bv 142

Long-Range Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
IMAGES
Overview



Just four examples of the Blohm and Voss Bv 142 transport and maritime patroller were built for Nazi Germany in the World War 2 period.
National Flag Graphic
ORIGIN: Nazi Germany
YEAR: 1940
STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Blohm and Voss - Nazi Germany
PRODUCTION: 4
OPERATORS: Nazi Germany
National flag of Germany
GER
National flag of Nazi Germany
GER
Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Blohm and Voss Bv 142 V2/U1 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 6
POWER: 4 x BMW 132H-1 9-cylinder, air-cooled, radial piston engines developing 868 horsepower each and driving three-bladed propeller units.
ADVERTISEMENTS
LENGTH

0
feet
0
meters
WIDTH / SPAN

0
feet
0
meters
HEIGHT

0
feet
0
meters
EMPTY WGT

0
pounds
0
kilograms
M.T.O.W.

0
pounds
0
kilograms
SPEED (MAX)

0
mph
0
kph
0
knots
CEILING

0
feet
0
meters
0
miles
RANGE

0
miles
0
kilometers
0
nautical miles
CLIMB RATE

0
ft/min
0
meters-per-minute
Armament



STANDARD:
1 x 7.92mm MG15 machine gun in nose.
1 x 7.92mm MG15 machine gun in dorsal turret.
1 x 7.92mm MG15 machine gun in rear-facing ventral-gunner's position.
1 x 7.92mm MG15 machine gun in left-beam position.
1 x 7.92mm MG15 machine gun in right-beam position.

OPTIONAL:
4 x 220lb OR 8 x 110lb conventional drop bombs held internally.
Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition
Variants / Models



• Bv 142 - Base Series Designation.
• Ha 142 - Early-form Alternative Designation.
• Bv 142 V1 - First prototype.
• Bv 142 V1/U1 - Maritime patrol conversion of prototype V1.
• Bv 142 V2 - Second prototype.
• Bv 142 V2/U1 - Maritime patrol conversion of prototype V2.
• Bv 142 V3 - Third prototype; used in transport role by the luftwaffe.
• Bv 142 V4 - Forth prototype; used in transport role by the Luftwaffe.


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Blohm and Voss Bv 142 Long-Range Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 7/1/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
For the Blohm & Voss German concern of the World War 2 (1939-1945) period, it was only natural to interest potential buyers in their new Ha 139 seaplane mail-carrying, trans-Atlantic aircraft (then built under the "Hamburger Flugzeugbau" name) by evolving into a land-based form as the "Ha 142". The Ha 139 was not a success, with just three total examples being completed, but the design held inherently good endurance over water, reaching out some 4,000 kilometers with its four-engined arrangement. Like the Ha 139 before it, the Ha 142 was also originally developed to a Deutsche Luft Hansa mail-carrying requirement.

The Ha 142 more or less retained the form of its progenitor (stepped cockpit, "gull wing" mainplanes, split vertical tail planes along a shared, high-mounted horizontal plane) but added the all-important quality of a wheeled, retractable tail-dragger undercarriage to replace the original twin floats used in water landings. The same four-engined layout, encompassing two engines to a wing, was used. The inverted gull wing mainplanes were characterized by the inboard panels having anhedral (downward angle) and the outboard panels featuring dihedral (upward angle). The crew was increased from five to six.

The series ended up totaling only four aircraft, "Ha 142 V1" through "Ha 142 V4". Deutsche Luft Hansa operated the family for only a short time before World War 2 arrived and these undertook various mail-carrying / cargo transport roles as needed. As with other projects started near the beginning of the war (September 1st, 1939), the Ha 139's development was stunted and the type forced into military service largely as-is.

The Ha 142 was inducted into the German war machine as a long-endurance maritime patroller where its range could truly be of value. For the role, the aircraft (specifically the second prototype, Ha 142 V2) was reworked to include a lengthened, glazed nose section and carried the usual mix of Luftwaffe communications set and navigational equipment. To defend the aircraft, 7.92mm MG 15 machine guns were installed, one at the nose, a single gun to a dorsal turret (power-assisted), one gun at a rear-facing ventral gunner's position, and one gun each to the rear fuselage sides to help provide full coverage from intercepting enemy warplanes. The fuselage would be reserved for carrying conventional drop bombs, either 4 x 220lb bomb or 8 x 110lb bomb sizes.

To simplify the naming convention for Blohm & Voss aircraft, the Hamburger Flugzeugbau (Ha) designator was eventually dropped in favor of the "BV" designator for all future aircraft coming from the company. With V2 already being trialed for the maritime patrol role, it was decided to rework the V1 prototype in this same fashion, offering the Luftwaffe a pair of long-range, over-water patrol platforms early in the war. The pair went on to see short-lived wartime service while V3 and V4 were relegated to basic transport roles (cargo and troop carriers) during the early campaigns involving Denmark and Norway. As soon as 1942, however, the line was surpassed by better-performing types.

As completed, the Bv 142 V2/U1 operational model held a running length of 67.1 feet with a wingspan of 96.10 feet, and a height of 14.8 feet. Empty weight reached 24,430lb against a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 36,510lb. Power was from 4 x BMW 132H-1 9-cylinder air-cooled, radial piston engines developing 870 horsepower at take-off and providing for a maximum speed of 235 miles-per-hour, a cruising speed near 200 mph, a range out to 2,425 miles, a service ceiling of 30,000 feet, and a rate-of-climb equaling 1,315 feet-per-minute, all improvements over the original Ha 139.




Media







Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

Image of collection of graph types

Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (233mph).

Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
NYC
 
  LDN
LDN
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MSK
MSK
 
  TKY
TKY
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Graph showcases the Blohm and Voss Bv 142 V2/U1's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production (4)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
4
4

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Altitude Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.


Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map

www.MilitaryFactory.com. Site content ©2003- MilitaryFactory.com, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world.


Facebook Logo YouTube Logo