The Fieseler Fi 98 was a German prototype interim dive bomber.
This trim two-bay biplane was Fieseler's attempt to win the Sofort stage of the RLM dive-bomber programme. Planned in 1933, this stage called for a state-of-the-art biplane as a stop-gap until a really formidable forward-thinking dive bomber could be created. From the start the Hs 123 was favoured, and only two Fi 98 prototypes were ordered as a back-up - the second was never completed. Planned armament was two synchronized MG 17, and four 110 lb (50 kg) bombs could be carried under the lower wing.
Specification (Fi 98a)Edit
- Origin: Gerhard Fieseler Werke GmbH.
- Engine: 650hp BMW 132A-3 nine-cylinder radial,
- Dimensions: Span 37 ft 8 3/4 in (11.50 m): length 24ft 3 1/2 in (7.40 m): height 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m).
- Weights: Empty 3,197 lb (1450 kg); loaded 4,762 lb (2160 kg).
- Performance: Maximum speed 183mph (295km/h); range 292 miles (470km).