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Fi 167

Deck Torpedo Bomber and Reconnaissance Aircraft


Fi 167

The Fi 167 was designed by Reinhold Meewes in accordance with the specification for a two-seater multipurpose carrier-based aircraft, the aircraft was tested in the summer of 1938, and an installation series of 12 aircraft was ordered.

Fi 167 was a two-post biplane, a two-spar wing had two pairs of X-shaped struts. For a compact arrangement on aircraft carriers, the wings of the aircraft, immediately behind the inner struts, had hinges for folding back (see photo). An automatic slat ran along the entire span of the upper and lower wings. The lower wing had large flaps. The sturdy landing gear had long-travel shock absorbers to absorb high vertical speeds.

The power plant of the aircraft consisted of a 12-cylinder in-line liquid-cooled engine Daimler-Benz DB 601В with a takeoff power of 1100 hp. s (1020 hp at an altitude of 4500 m), equipped with a three-blade metal propeller Hamilton Standard. The fuselage housed a 420-liter fuel tank, it was possible to suspend an additional 300-liter tank.

Tests have shown excellent performance of the Fi.167-V1 at low speeds. With full throttle and the handle taken over, the plane could land almost vertically.

Meanwhile, the aircraft carrier "Graf Zeppelin" December 8, 1938. was launched, but its entry into service was delayed until the summer of 1940. At the end of September 1941, the eleventh Fi.167a-0 (KG + QE) was transferred to the Daimler-Benz research center. When on May 13, 1942, it was decided to resume work on the aircraft carrier, Squadron 167 with nine Fi 167s was transferred to Holland, and the Fieseler biplane, despite its unique flight data, was no longer considered a possible combat carrier-based aircraft. By this time, the Luftwaffe decided to use the Ju 87d, designated Ju 87e, as a torpedo bomber.

Fi 167a-0 Specification
Crew 2
Wing span, m 13.50
Wing area, m² 44.00
Length, m 11.40
Height, m 4.80
1×PE in-line Daimler-Benz DB-601B, power, h.p. 1100
Weight, kg:
Empty 2800
Loaded weight 4,500
Gross weight 4,853
Maximum speed, km/h 323
Cruising speed, km/h 270
Service ceiling, m 8,200
Service range, km 1,290
Range with an additional 300 l tank, km 1500

Armament. One synchronous 7.9-mm MG-17 machine gun with 500 rounds, one 7.9-mm MG-15 machine gun at the observer with 600 rounds; normal bomb load: 4 × 50 kg and 1 × 250 kg bombs or 1 × 500 kg bomb, maximum bomb load: 1000 kg SD-1000 bomb or 765 kg LT-F5b torpedo.

Photo Description
Drawing Fi 167

Drawing Fi 167

Fi 167 on decks

Fi 167 on deck


  • German World War II Aircraft / V.N. Shunkov /
  • Wings of the Luftwaffe (combat aircraft of the Third Reich) / William Green /