FR009 Fw 58B Export

The Focke-Wulf Fw 58 "Weihe" is a twin-engined monoplane powered by two 240 hp (179 kW) Argus 10C (eight-cylinder inverted-vee air-cooled engines). The Fw 58 had a welded steel-tube fuselage with mixed covering and a metal wing with fabric covering aft of the spar. The first prototype, Fw 58 V1, D-ABEM, made its first flight in 1935 as a six-seat light transport and evolved then into the Fw 58C, the most produced type, largely used for transport and liaison by Luftwaffe and many other Air Forces. The second prototype, FW 58V2, was designed as a military version fitted with two 7,9 machine-guns, one in the glazed stern and the second in a dorsal fitting, and had a limited bombing capacity. This second prototype gave birth to the Fw 58B version, which was used mainly for bomber training.

Hungary obtained from Germany some Fw 58 of the C, B and K versions (sources differ, ranging from 85 to 117 planes for all versions). Bought between 1937 and 1945, these planes were used for training, liaison and various duties. The G2+47 illustrating this box had been employed during spring 1944 for postal duties on behalf of the Hungarian armies fighting in eastern front.

Rumania, since 1937, acquired some Fw 58 of the B and C versions (giving a total of 35 planes). They found their way in classical roles, liaison, ambulance and training.