Focke-Wulf FW 190 Würger


An early production FW 190-D9
An early production FW 190-D9 of II/JG26, Reinsehlen, late 1944.
In 1938, at a time when the Messerchmitt Bf 109 was unmatched in the skies, Kurt Tank had a hard time convincing the RLM (Reichluftministerium = Air Ministry of the Reich) of the need for his new interceptor design. However, as the FW 190 was to use a BMW engine, and therefore wouldn't slow down the production of the Bf 109 and Heinkel 111 (both powered with Daimler-Benz engines), the FW 190 project was accepted.
"Würger" is German for "Butcher Bird".

Development

Focke Wulf FW 190A-4 Focke Wulf FW 190A-4
Engine BMW 801D-2 1,700 hp
Weight empty: 2,950 kg (6,500 lb) - with full load: 4,535 kg (10,000 lb)
Armament Two wing-mounted MG FF 20 mm cannons, two wing root-mounted MG 151 20 mm cannons, and two fuselage-mounted MG 17 7.9 mm guns.
Performance Max speed: 630 km/h (390 mph) Ceiling: 11,000 m (36,090 ft)

FW 190A-6 Jabo, May or early June, 1944
A FW 190A-6 Jabo from II/JG26 at Lille-Vendeville, May or early June, 1944.
Focke Wulf FW 190A-8 Focke Wulf FW 190A-8
Engine BMW 801D-2 with MW 50 Methanol/Water boost system 1,700 hp (2,100 hp with boost)
Weight empty: 3,470 kg (7,652 lb) - with full load: 4,900 kg (10,800 lb)
Armament Two wing-mounted and two wing root-mounted MG 151 20 mm cannons, and two fuselage-mounted MG 131 13 mm guns.
Performance Max speed: 653 km/h (405 mph) Ceiling: 11,410 m (37,435 ft)
Focke Wulf FW 190D-9 Focke Wulf FW 190D-9
Engine Jumo 213 liquid-cooled inverted V12 1,766 hp (2,240 hp with boost)
Weight empty: 3,500 kg (7,715 lb) - with full load: 4,840 kg (10,670 lb)
Armament Two wing-mounted MG 151 20 mm cannons, and two fuselage-mounted MG 131 13 mm guns.
Performance Max speed: 704 km/h (437 mph) Ceiling: 10,400 m (34,450 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
WB's FW 190 is not a dogfighter, but is used a lot these days in the WB arena for Boom&Zoom tactics because of its unmatched firepower.

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