Messerschmitt M17

Messerschmitt M17

infobox Aircraft
name =Messerschmitt M17
type =Sports plane
national origin = Germany
manufacturer =Flugzeugbau Messerschmitt Bamberg

caption =Messerschmitt M17 in Deutsches Museum
designer =Willy Messerschmitt
first flight =January 1925
introduced =1925
retired =
status =
primary user =Germany
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produced =
number built =8
unit cost =
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The M17 was a German sports plane, a single engine high-wing monoplane. It was the first engine powered aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt in 1925 in Bamberg. This aircraft won many competitions and allowed Willy Messerschmitt to build its first factory.

The construction of the M.17 was based upon a glider S.16b [ [ M-17 at Ugolok Neba] ] . The aircraft is a two-seater almost completely made of wood and weighed only 198 kilograms. Of the between six and eight built machines build only one survived, and is today in the Deutsches Museum in Munich [ [ Deutsches Museum] ] . The engine was a 29 hp Bristol Cherub II. The pilot had no forward visibility.

In September 1926 pilot Eberhard von Conta, and the writer Werner von Langsdorff flew in an M17 from Bamberg to Rome. This marked the first time the central Alps were crossed with a light aircraft. The flight lasted more than 14 hours and they had to refuel every three hours, since the tank could only hold 28 liters. They reached an altitude of 4,500 meters.

A replica was build by Messerschmitt Foundation (first flight April 14, 2004) and makes regular appearances at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin,The replica weighs 40 kg more than the original due to addition equipment (radio and rescue system) and is now at the Manching Aviation Museum in Ingolstadt, Bavaria.


aircraft specifications
plane or copter?=plane
jet or prop?=prop
ref= [ Ugolok Neba]
crew=One, pilot
capacity=One, passenger / second pilot
payload main=
payload alt=
length main= 5.85 m
length alt=
span main= 11.6 m
span alt=
height main= 1.5 m
height alt=
area main= 10.4 m²
area alt= ft²
empty weight main= 186 kg
empty weight alt=
loaded weight main=
loaded weight alt=
useful load main=
useful load alt=
max takeoff weight main= 370 kg
max takeoff weight alt=
more general=
engine (prop)= Bristol Cherub II
type of prop=2-cylinder air-cooled flat engine
number of props=1
power main= 29 hp
power alt=
power original=
max speed main=140 km/h
max speed alt=
cruise speed main= 125 km/h
cruise speed alt=
stall speed main= 65 km/h
stall speed alt=
never exceed speed main=
never exceed speed alt=
range main= 600 km
range alt=
ceiling main= 4,000 m
ceiling alt=
climb rate main=
climb rate alt=
loading main=
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power/mass main=
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ee also

similar aircraft=
*RWD-1 - RWD-2
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* [ M-17 at Ugolok Neba] ru icon

External links

* [ M-17 at Ugolok Neba] - photos and drawings

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