Focke-Wulf Fw 190

1939

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190

The first prototype flew on July 1, 1939. Entered service in August 1941. A total of about 20000 aircraft were built

Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Specification 
 MODELFw 190D-9
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x Junkers Jumo 213A-1, 1324kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight4840 kg10670 lb
  Empty weight3490 kg7694 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan10.5 m34 ft 5 in
  Length10.2 m33 ft 6 in
  Height3.35 m11 ft 0 in
  Wing area18.3 m2196.98 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed685 km/h426 mph
  Ceiling12000 m39350 ft
  Range835 km519 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 20mm cannons, 2 x 13mm machine-guns, 1 x 500kg bomb

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A three-view drawing (1663 x 1213)

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ron, e-mail, 03.05.2017 06:30

The synchronized rate of fire of the wing root MG 151 /20 was around 630 r /m. That may not be 10% reduction. More like 15% if 740 is the normal RoF.

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Ben Beekman, e-mail, 21.10.2012 02:48

I recently watched a TV program on World War 2 aircraft that claimed Kurt Tank was influenced in his design of the FW-190 by the design and performance of the Hughes 1B Racer. True? The two airplanes do have a similar appearance outwardly. Hughes' Racer could reach a top speed of 352 MPH in 1935!

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Mark, e-mail, 20.09.2012 17:14

Focke Wulf Fw 190
Το Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Αετομάχος), υπήρξε ένα μονοθέσιο, μονοκινητήριο καταδιωκτικό αεροσκάφος της Γερμανικής πολεμικής αεροπορίας (Luftwaffe). Χρησιμοποιήθηκε εκτενέστατα κατά το Β΄ΠΠ, όπου πάνω από 20.000 μονάδες κατασκευάστηκαν, εκ των οποίων κάπου 6.000 αεροσκάφη ήταν μαχητικά-βομβαρδιστικά. Η παραγωγή του ξεκίνησε στα 1941 και κράτησε μέχρι το τέλος των εχθροπραξιών, ενώ κατά τη διάρκειά της, ο τύπος διαρκώς αναβαθμίζονταν. Οι τελευταίες εκδόσεις παρέμειναν εφάμιλλες των συμμαχικών ομολόγων τους, αλλά η Γερμανία δεν ήταν πλέον σε θέση να τις παράγει σε επαρκείς αριθμούς ώστε να επηρεάσει την έκβαση του πολέμου.

Το Fw 190 ήταν ιδιαίτερα αγαπητό στους πιλότους του και γρήγορα αποδείχθηκε ανώτερο του καλύτερου καταδιωκτικού της Βρετανικής RAF, του Supermarine Spitfire Mk. V, όταν έλαβε το βάπτισμα του πυρός στα 1941. Συγκρινόμενο με το Bf 109, το Fw 190 ήταν ένας «εργάτης», που του ανατέθηκαν και ανταπεξήλθε σε ένα ευρύ φάσμα εξειδικεύσεων, που περιελάμβαναν καθήκοντα μαχητικού αεροπορικής κυριαρχίας, προσβολής επίγειων στόχων, μαχητικού-βομβαρδιστικού, συνοδευτικού βαρέων βομβαρδιστικών και νυκτερινού μαχητικού.

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Naga, 14.07.2012 01:31

If you visit the countrysides of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, or Hungary, you can still dig up pieces of these aircraft and Me 109s that crashed during the bombing campaign. A few years back someone found a whole plane (albeit in extremely poor condition, go figure,) abandoned in a forest clearing. Not sure how it got there. My parents have a little collection of Fw 190 parts that they brought with them to the States in the '90s, including a tailwheel, components from landing gear, cockpit systems, a few types of cannons (components including those from a 15mm weapon)), and the remains of a 30mm assault weapon carried beneath the wings.

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Ron, e-mail, 22.04.2012 06:12

Most Fw 190As turned a 360 in the 27 sec. range with 6 guns or more. So the Dora model was a big improvement at 22 sec!

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Ron, e-mail, 24.12.2011 05:46

The last post I made about the 'D-9' tested by Capt. Brown may have been a later model Dora, not the production D-9 as his book said. I came across that tidbit somewhere online.

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shel, e-mail, 29.10.2011 17:55

The FW 190 was clearly a better plane than the ME 109.

The ME109's landing gear was narrow and unforgiving of errors. About 1 /3 of all 109 losses were due to take off and landing accidents.

Visibility in the 109 was poor compared to the 190. I've been in both. I could hardly fit or turn my heard in the 109. (I'm 5'10", 180 lbs.) The 190 is much more pilot
friendly.

The 190 was much easier to build and maintain.

Both planes were fine fighters, but the FW 190 was the better bird.

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shel, e-mail, 29.10.2011 17:53

The FW 190 was clearly a better plane than the ME 109.

The ME109's landing gear was narrow and unforgiving of errors. About 1 /3 of all 109 losses were due to take off and landing accidents.

Visibility in the 109 was poor compared to the 190. I've been in both. I could hardly fit or turn my heard in the 109. (I'm 5'10", 180 lbs.) The 190 is much more pilot
friendly.

The 190 was much easier to build and maintain.

Both planes were fine fighters, but the FW 190 was the better bird.

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Bob Tufo, e-mail, 16.08.2011 14:46

Does anyone have information on FW-190 variants being equipped with either the BMW aircooled or Junker Jumo liquid cooled engine ?

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David Earl, 14.02.2011 23:18

This is seriously one of the best planes of World War 2. It outperformed everything before the P-51 came along. As much as the allies won, you got to give the German Luftwaffe credit. If Hitler wasn't such an idiot, the Luftwaffe would have pounded us with their first jet craft and rocket interceptors.

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MAVERICKTOPGUN, 29.01.2011 05:41

ALL OF YOU, SSSHHHUUUTTT UUUPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE FW-190 KICKS FUCKIN ASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ron, e-mail, 04.01.2011 08:26

In his book,"Duel's In The Sky", Capt. Eric M. Brown has a table on P. 196 that has 6,250 ft /min rate of climb with MW injection giving 2,240 hp for the 1,776 hp Jumo 213A-1 powered Fw 190D-9.
Flight Journal Special, WW II Fighters - Winter 2000 issue, P. 20: " rate of climb of just under 5,000fpm " for the MW-50 boosted Fw 190D-9.
I was thinking of these when I wrote the top climb numbers I've heard of for the 1945 version of the Dora. That's when it had the boost for sure. Granted, all the usual published data is lower.

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mike, e-mail, 12.12.2010 05:59

What people should realize is Germany had been at war and preparing for war many years before the British or united states got serious about designing fighter aircraft. World War I left many with no desire for war, so they looked the other way until they had no choice. Yes, at the beginning of the war the FW-190 was a better fighter than what the British or Americans had, but in short order that changed. I read what Chuck Yeager and other aces said who fought against the 190 in mustangs, and they all said the mustang had better performance. The ta152 was never ready for prime time, had so many mechanical problems I read only 3 were out of about 100 were operational at the end of the war, guess it was Germanys wonder weapon that fizzled.

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wlkriessmann, e-mail, 26.09.2010 21:01

I likerd the 190 better than the 109 .Checked out on July 17th 1944 Hildeheim(SO+HY) ,a fewon August8th(PO+UU).But never brand new factrory delivered.
Early April 1944 after I left KG 53 in Kowno ihave bee ordered to Hannover Langenhagen to join the group joining Prof Tank and the dcevelopdment of the TA 152,I flew a lot Ju88 and 1888 but had only a look at some TA 152 I think early May Langenhagen was bombed out ;I moved to Fassberg I never flew the TA ,

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wlkriessmann, e-mail, 26.09.2010 21:01

I likerd the 190 better than the 109 .Checked out on July 17th 1944 Hildeheim(SO+HY) ,a fewon August8th(PO+UU).But never brand new factrory delivered.
Early April 1944 after I left KG 53 in Kowno ihave bee ordered to Hannover Langenhagen to join the group joining Prof Tank and the dcevelopdment of the TA 152,I flew a lot Ju88 and 1888 but had only a look at some TA 152 I think early May Langenhagen was bombed out ;I moved to Fassberg I never flew the TA ,

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Jackie, 08.08.2010 05:29

The Focke Wulf-190 is probably the most successful German fighter of World War II along side the older Messerschmitt-109. It caused severe losses to the RAF when it entered service in 1941 when it partially replaced the 109. Many variants of the Focke Wulf 190 were built throughout the war. It was usually armed with 2 machine guns and 2 Mk 108 or 103 cannons.

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Aaron, e-mail, 13.08.2010 23:50

Francis, You seriously have to get an interpreter. The wealth of information you are sending is getting lost in the translation (or lack of) in my mind.
Eliko is right. In an interview with a Russian pilot (I'll have to look up the name), he stated that the FW-190 could not accelerate as fast as their Las, Migs or P-39s. He states that it was not as dynamic or responsive as their fighters. (That's right, I said P-39).
In an official German listing of Fock-Wulfe fighter performance the Fw 190's performance was:
Jumo 213A. 358-380mph /SL. 426-436mph /36,080ft. Climb is listed at 3641fpm. and 32,800ft. was reached in 12.5 sec.
Just a personal opinion: In another post, on another sight someone listed 4400fpm as the initial climb. Considering the engine, weight and German development, I don't find that figure hard to believe. But 6225fpm. is a bit of a reach Ron. That is in Bearcat territory.

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Ron, e-mail, 15.08.2010 07:41

Aaron,
Don't look at me. That was the Dora 9 boosted performance in RAF test pilot Brown's book. I've seen 5,000+ fpm elsewhere. Certainly, most were unboosted in 1944. Perhaps it was the fuel as well.

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Ta-183 Huckebein, 16.05.2010 16:39

Sometime during WWII germany did this Mistel Program with the 190 when an 190 with a old airplane (bomb laden) under its belly flies towards a target. when they are near the target they jettison the bomber. The 'Mistel' (which is the bomber) hits the target and there's a BIG explosion. But the Mistel project came too late to have any effect on the war.

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Johan Runfeldt, 26.03.2010 15:27

The difference between the Fw190 and the Me109 was accurately highlighted by Kurt Tank when he first presented the Fw190, as the difference between a thoroughbred and an army horse.
By the time most of the developed versions (D,F,G) of the 190 went into service, fuel shortages had long since hampered training and was starting to affect operations.

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