Sunday, 27 December 2015
Focke-Wulf A 17
The prototype Focke-Wulf A 17 V1 Möwe [gull] passenger aircraft D-1149 Bremen, Werknummer 32, built in 1927. D-1149 was powered by a Gnome et Rhône 9A Jupiter engine and could carry eight passengers. It was operated by Norddeutsche LVG and also flew for Deutsche Lufthansa. The photo was taken at Borkum island in the North Sea, apparently in 1929.
The A 17's passenger cabin measured 3.5 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width, and 1.8 meters in height, and the design provided for four crank operated windows port and starboard. The eight forward-facing passenger seats had adjustable seat backs. The cabin was furnished with lights, curtains, luggage nets, coat hooks, hand holds, and a toilet in the rear. The entry door was located on the port side, and there was an escape hatch in the cabin ceiling. In addition to the passenger cabin, the A 17 also featured two dedicated luggage compartments. (Fischer collection)