Focke-Wulf F 19

F 19 Ente
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
First flight 2 September 1927
Number built 2
Developed into Focke-Wulf Fw 42

The Focke-Wulf F 19 Ente (German: "Duck") was a German experimental "canard" aircraft in the late 1920s.


The F 19 Ente was a high-wing monoplane with a canard layout and fixed tricycle undercarriage. The pilot sat in an open cockpit, while an enclosed cabin was provided for two or three passengers. The canard was mounted on short struts above the nose of the aircraft, ahead of the cockpit, and the two engines were housed in nacelles mounted under the wings.

The F 19 design was set so that the front stabilizer would stall some moments before the rear-mounted main wing, which in theory made the Ente virtually stall proof.[1]

Operational history

The first example flew on 2 September 1927 but was destroyed on 29 September during a demonstration of single-engine flight, after a control rod snapped. Focke-Wulf co-founder Georg Wulf was killed in the crash. Nevertheless, a second aircraft (D-1960) was built, flying in late 1930.[2] This was used for a promotional tour of Europe the following year that took it to Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK. On 7 November 1931, it was demonstrated at Hanworth Air Park, flown by Focke-Wulf chief pilot Cornelius Edzard.[3][4]

Later, it was put on display at the Deutsche Luftfahrtsammlung in Berlin, where it was destroyed in an Allied air raid in 1944.


General characteristics



  1. "Airplanes of The World" page 169, published 1962 Simon and Schuster, LCCN 54-8640
  2. Heinze, Edwin P, The Focke-Wulf Ente, Flight 2 January 1931 pp. 4-7
  3. Flight 13 November 1931
  4. The Tail First Plane (Note: Commentary by passenger The Hon Mrs Victor Bruce, pilot Edzard in cockpit)


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