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W , NW, and GNW
Role Reconnaissance seaplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Hansa-Brandenburg
First flight 1914
Primary user Imperial German Navy
Number built 77

The Hansa-Brandenburg W was a reconnaissance floatplane produced in Germany in 1914 to equip the Imperial German Navy. Similar in general layout to the Hansa-Brandenburg B.I landplane, the W was a conventional three-bay biplane with unstaggered wings of equal span. The pilot and observer sat in tandem, open cockpits, and the undercarriage consisted of twin pontoons. The NW and GNW of 1915 were a revised versions powered by a more powerful engine.


  • W - initial production version with Benz Bz.II engine (27 built)
  • NW - revised version with Mercedes D.III engine
  • GNW - revised version with Mercedes D.III engine


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Specifications (NW)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot and observer
  • Length: 9.40 m (30 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.50 m (54 ft 2 in)
  • Gross weight: 1,650 kg (3,640 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mercedes D.III, 120 kW (160 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 90 km/h (56 mph)
  • Range: 320 km (200 miles)


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 472. 

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