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Blohm and Voss Bv 238

Nazi Germany (1944)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 Flying Boat Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 6/28/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Blohm and Voss Bv 238  
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At the time of its inception, the BV 238 floatplane was physically the largest aircraft ever to fly for Germany.

The mammoth Blohm & Voss Bv 238 was the next evolution in the Blohm & Voss flying boat series for Germany during World War Two. The system was built as the largest aircraft ever produced by any of the Axis powers and was to provide The Reich with extended flying boat capabilities should the series have entered full-scale production. In the end, all the BV 238 project had to show for itself was one damaged prototype and two planned production prototypes started but never finished.

The Bv 238 was powered by a series of six Daimler-Benz piston engines producing upwards of 1,750 each. The powerplants were mounted on a high monoplane wing design with three engines per wing. The initial Bv 238 prototype was airborne by 1944, though it would later be damaged and sunk by allied fighter aircraft while the Bv 238 lay docked. The Bv 239 offered up tremendous range, payload capabilities and respectable speeds for an aircraft of this size and in this role.
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 Flying Boat Aircraft
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 Flying Boat Aircraft

Any available statistics for the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 Flying Boat Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Blohm and Voss Bv 238 V-1 Specifications
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Nazi Germany
Year: 1944
Type: Flying Boat Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Blohm and Voss - Germany
Production: 1
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 12
Length: 142.26 ft (43.36 m)
Width: 197.41 ft (60.17 m)
Height: 43.96 ft (13.40 m)
Empty Weight: 120,593 lb (54,700 kg)
MTOW: 187,393 lb (85,000 kg)

Installed Power
6 x Daimler-Benz DB 603 V-12 engines generating 1,750hp each.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 277 mph (446 kph; 241 kts)
Maximum Range: 4,474 mi (7,200 km; 3,888 nm)
Service Ceiling: 23,950 ft (7,300 m; 4.54 mi)

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Operators List
Nazi Germany

Series Model Variants
• BV 238 - Base Series Designation of which one was constructed but damaged while docked; two planned prototypes were started but never finished production.
• BV 238 V-1

Supported Weapon Systems

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