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Blohm and Voss Bv 238


Flying Boat Aircraft (1944)


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At the time of its inception, the Bv 238 flying boat was the largest aircraft ever to fly for Germany.



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1944

Origin
Nazi Germany national flag graphic
Nazi Germany

Status
CANCELLED
Development Ended.
Crew
12

Production
1
UNITS


Blohm and Voss - Germany
National flag of modern Germany National flag of Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.


Length
142.3 ft
(43.36 m)
Width/Span
197.4 ft
(60.17 m)
Height
44.0 ft
(13.40 m)
Empty Wgt
120,593 lb
(54,700 kg)
MTOW
187,393 lb
(85,000 kg)
Wgt Diff
+66,800 lb
(+30,300 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 V-1 production variant)
Installed: 6 x Daimler-Benz DB 603 V-12 engines developing 1,750 horsepower each.
Max Speed
277 mph
(446 kph | 241 kts)
Ceiling
23,950 ft
(7,300 m | 5 mi)
Range
4,474 mi
(7,200 km | 13,334 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Blohm and Voss Bv 238 V-1 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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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


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