Why "Bf" with a lowercase f?

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Why "Bf" with a lowercase f?

Postby KnightMove » 16 Jul 2017 17:15

For their aircraft manufacturers, the Luftwaffe usually took the first two letters of the name as company identifier, e.g.

Me... Messerschmitt
He... Heinkel
Ju... Junkers
Ar... Arado
Fi... Fieseler etc.

Exceptions for obvious reasons were
Hs... Henschel (for distinction from Henkel)
FW... Focke-Wulf (two-part name - two capital letters)

But then, why did they use
Bf... Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG?

It seems not to make sense. There is no lowercase letter in the name. Obvious names would have been "Ba" or "BF". So... why Bf?

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Re: Why "Bf" with a lowercase f?

Postby von thoma » 16 Jul 2017 17:42

FW... Focke-Wulf (two-part name - two capital letters)

Correct denomination was Focke Wulf Fw 190 ( For example ).
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Re: Why "Bf" with a lowercase f?

Postby KnightMove » 16 Jul 2017 17:44

Ok - I stand corrected, and then the system is consistent. I've seen that very often as "FW" indeed.


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