Focke Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz

The Fw 44 Stieglitz ("goldfinch") was one of the most prolific of the Focke-Wulf designs, second only to the much more famous Fw 190 (p. W:IC85). Production began in 1932, and the plane was used throughout the Second World War by the Luftwaffe as a trainer. It was also used for aerobatics. The Fw 44 was exported to Bolivia, China, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Romania, Switzerland, and Turkey. The plane was license-built in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, and Sweden.

The plane uses 6.5 gallons of aviation fuel per hour at routine usage. A full load of fuel costs $4.


Focke-Wulf Fw 44C Stieglitz

Subassemblies: Recon Fighter chassis +2; Recon Fighter wings with Biplane option +2; 2 fixed wheels +0.

Powertrain: 112-kW HP gasoline engine with 112-kW old prop and 60-gallon fuel tank [Body].

Occ.: 2 XCS Body

Cargo: 5.5 Body


Armor F RL B T U

Body: 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C

Wings: 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C 1/2C

Wheels: 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3 2/3



Body: Backup driver option, medium radio transmitter and receiver.



Size: 24'x30'x9' Payload: 0.41 tons Lwt.: 0.99 tons

Volume: 96 Maint.: 132 hours Cost: $2,302

HT: 7. HPs: 15 Body, 50 each Wing, 3 each Wheel.

aSpeed: 115 aAccel: 3 aDecel: 18 aMR: 4.5 aSR: 1

Stall Speed: 42 mph. Take Off Run: 221 yards. Landing Run: 176 yards.

gSpeed: 170 gAccel: 8 gDecel: 10 gMR: 0.5 gSR: 2

Ground Pressure: High. 1/6 Off-Road Speed.


Design Notes:

Historical wing area was 215 sf. Design loaded weight was increased 17 lbs. to the historical. Design aSpeed was 107 mph. Historical values were used for all calculations when available. Fuel capacity is a guess. Using the calculated gSpeed at 1/6 Off-Road speed (28 mph) gSpeed is 67% of stall speed, just shy of the 71% needed to become airborne Off-Road. A tail wind of 2-3 mph would make this possible, however.



The Fw 44B and -E were prototypes with 101-kW engines.

The Fw 44D and -F were other major production versions with minor equipment changes.

The Fw 44J was the final production version.


From the Aerodrome for GURPS

2008 by Jim Antonicic