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A Seaplane Depot Ship

A Seaplane Depot Ship AIRCRAF T ENGINEERING 87 April, 1933 A Description of the Westfalen Converted for th e Luft Hansa South Atlantic Service A Heinkel Flugzeugwerke Model K6 THE Deutsch e Luft Hansa have had under consideration th e establish­ catapul t is fitted. This is designed for ment of air services between launching aeroplanes up to a maximum Germany and Soutb America. The gross weight of 14,000 kg. (30,860 lb.) actual oversea distance from Africa to with a maximum taking-off speed Brazil is some 3,000 kilometres (1,860 of 150 k.p.h. (93 m.p.h.), maximum miles) which is too far for existing com­ acceleration of 3-5 g., and a mean mercial types of seaplane. acceleration of 2-8 g., the duration of th e acceleration being 1-52 sees. The Two methods of operating services required maximum pressure is 150 arc available : atmospheres. (1) Combined aeroplane and airship services, as effected in 1931-32 by Details of the catapult arc as the Luft Hansa and the Zeppelin follows: Length of acceleration run, Co. With this method it is almost 31-fi m. (103 ft. 9 in.) ; length of braked impossible to obtain a frequency of run, 5-0 m. (16 ft. 5 in.) ; total length service greater than once a fortnight, of catapult (excluding test installation), while for purposes of trade weekly 42-1 m. (138 ft.) ; . width of catapult, services arc essential. 2-0 m. (6J ft.) ; height of girder, 1-44 m. (4 ft. 9 in.) ; stroke of piston, 5-7 m. (2) Flying boat services with a (18 ft. 8 in.) ; total weight of catapult surface vessel as intermediate alight­ (including test installation), 58,000 kg. ing base. The flying boat, being so (128,000 lb.). much smaller than the airship, will The catapult includes a test in­ have no difficulty in collecting suffi­ cient freight for weekly operation. stallation which enables the carriage I t is proposed to start by working a t o be catapulted without an aeroplane for purposes of test. weekly service operated alternately by airship and flying boat, with an air­ The Westfalen is also equipped with a ship leaving once a fortnight carrying landing canvas of the type invented by passengers, mail and freight, and a Her r Hcin, a director of " Deschimag," ilying boat leaving in the intermediate t o enable seaplanes to be taken aboard. weeks with mail and ireight only. Whe n a seaplane wishes to alight, Thus a weekly air mail to South th e ship reduces her way so that the America, conveying letters from Germany to canvas is submerged. As soon as the seaplane a cargo ship used on the North American Rio de Janeiro in 4 days, and to Buenos has taxied on to the canvas the ship accelerates service by the Norddcutschcr Lloyd, has been Aires in 5 days, will be available. and this stretches the canvas so that the sea­ purchased by Luft Hansa and converted by The proposed route is as follows : " Dcschimag." plane is raised almost entirely out of the water. The system provides a secure connection (i) To Cadiz by landplanes (possibly in She will carry a ship's crew supplied by the between the ship and the seaplane so tha t even connection with Spanish airlines); (ii) Cadiz- Norddcutscher Lloyd, and a technical crew in a heavy sea it can be hoisted inboard, by a Canaries-British Gambia (West African selected from Luft Hansa personnel, a total crane, without risk. coast) by seaplanes (for this section too the crew of forty being considered sufficient. The possible co-operation of other countries— Deutsche Scewartc will maintain a meteoro­ The crane, which is made by the Maschinen- Spain, Italy, France—is contemplated) ; logical and oceanographic station on the fabrik Becker, Berlin, is a lattice girder con­ (iii) British Gambia—base ship—South Amer­ ship. struction with a special arm designed for taking ican coast (total distance 1,860 miles, or up seaplanes in mid-ocean. It is provided The Westfalen has the following character­ 930 miles for each stage between coast and with two motors—one for lifting and one for istics : Gross registered tonnage, 5,124 tons; base ship) by seaplanes. traversing. It is designed for a maximum load power, 2,750 h.p. ; speed, 11-5 knots ; length, of 15 tons (metric). The height of the crane Fo r the base ship, which will provide a 125 m. (410 ft.); beam, 16 m. (521 ft.) ; refuelling station midway, the Westfalen, draught, 8-5 m. (28 ft.). above the deck is 13-5 metres (44 ft.). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

A Seaplane Depot Ship

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 5 (4): 1 – Apr 1, 1933

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AIRCRAF T ENGINEERING 87 April, 1933 A Description of the Westfalen Converted for th e Luft Hansa South Atlantic Service A Heinkel Flugzeugwerke Model K6 THE Deutsch e Luft Hansa have had under consideration th e establish­ catapul t is fitted. This is designed for ment of air services between launching aeroplanes up to a maximum Germany and Soutb America. The gross weight of 14,000 kg. (30,860 lb.) actual oversea distance from Africa to with a maximum taking-off speed Brazil is some 3,000 kilometres (1,860 of 150 k.p.h. (93 m.p.h.), maximum miles) which is too far for existing com­ acceleration of 3-5 g., and a mean mercial types of seaplane. acceleration of 2-8 g., the duration of th e acceleration being 1-52 sees. The Two methods of operating services required maximum pressure is 150 arc available : atmospheres. (1) Combined aeroplane and airship services, as effected in 1931-32 by Details of the catapult arc as the Luft Hansa and the Zeppelin follows: Length of acceleration run, Co. With this method it is almost 31-fi m. (103 ft. 9 in.) ; length of braked impossible to obtain a frequency of run, 5-0 m. (16 ft. 5 in.) ; total length service greater than once a fortnight, of catapult (excluding test installation), while for purposes of trade weekly 42-1 m. (138 ft.) ; . width of catapult, services arc essential. 2-0 m. (6J ft.) ; height of girder, 1-44 m. (4 ft. 9 in.) ; stroke of piston, 5-7 m. (2) Flying boat services with a (18 ft. 8 in.) ; total weight of catapult surface vessel as intermediate alight­ (including test installation), 58,000 kg. ing base. The flying boat, being so (128,000 lb.). much smaller than the airship, will The catapult includes a test in­ have no difficulty in collecting suffi­ cient freight for weekly operation. stallation which enables the carriage I t is proposed to start by working a t o be catapulted without an aeroplane for purposes of test. weekly service operated alternately by airship and flying boat, with an air­ The Westfalen is also equipped with a ship leaving once a fortnight carrying landing canvas of the type invented by passengers, mail and freight, and a Her r Hcin, a director of " Deschimag," ilying boat leaving in the intermediate t o enable seaplanes to be taken aboard. weeks with mail and ireight only. Whe n a seaplane wishes to alight, Thus a weekly air mail to South th e ship reduces her way so that the America, conveying letters from Germany to canvas is submerged. As soon as the seaplane a cargo ship used on the North American Rio de Janeiro in 4 days, and to Buenos has taxied on to the canvas the ship accelerates service by the Norddcutschcr Lloyd, has been Aires in 5 days, will be available. and this stretches the canvas so that the sea­ purchased by Luft Hansa and converted by The proposed route is as follows : " Dcschimag." plane is raised almost entirely out of the water. The system provides a secure connection (i) To Cadiz by landplanes (possibly in She will carry a ship's crew supplied by the between the ship and the seaplane so tha t even connection with Spanish airlines); (ii) Cadiz- Norddcutscher Lloyd, and a technical crew in a heavy sea it can be hoisted inboard, by a Canaries-British Gambia (West African selected from Luft Hansa personnel, a total crane, without risk. coast) by seaplanes (for this section too the crew of forty being considered sufficient. The possible co-operation of other countries— Deutsche Scewartc will maintain a meteoro­ The crane, which is made by the Maschinen- Spain, Italy, France—is contemplated) ; logical and oceanographic station on the fabrik Becker, Berlin, is a lattice girder con­ (iii) British Gambia—base ship—South Amer­ ship. struction with a special arm designed for taking ican coast (total distance 1,860 miles, or up seaplanes in mid-ocean. It is provided The Westfalen has the following character­ 930 miles for each stage between coast and with two motors—one for lifting and one for istics : Gross registered tonnage, 5,124 tons; base ship) by seaplanes. traversing. It is designed for a maximum load power, 2,750 h.p. ; speed, 11-5 knots ; length, of 15 tons (metric). The height of the crane Fo r the base ship, which will provide a 125 m. (410 ft.); beam, 16 m. (521 ft.) ; refuelling station midway, the Westfalen, draught, 8-5 m. (28 ft.). above the deck is 13-5 metres (44 ft.).

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1933

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