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Blohm and Voss Bv 238

Nazi Germany (1944)
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At the time of its inception, the BV 238 floatplane was physically the largest aircraft ever to fly for Germany.


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 ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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.


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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (277mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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Origin: Nazi Germany
Year: 1944
Type: Flying Boat Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Blohm and Voss - Germany
Production: 1
Global Operators:
Nazi Germany
Historical 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 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 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
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 V-1 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
12


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
142.26 ft


Meters
43.36 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
197.41 ft


Meters
60.17 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
43.96 ft


Meters
13.4 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
120,593 lb


Kilograms
54,700 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
187,393 lb


Kilograms
85,000 kg

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

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
277 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
446 kph


Knots
241 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
4,474 mi


Kilometers
7,200 km


Nautical Miles
3,888 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
23,950 ft


Meters
7,300 m


Miles
4.54 mi

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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Variants: 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