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