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Focke Wulf 190

The Fw 190, one of Germany's best fighter airplanes of WW II, made its first flight on June 1, 1939. It appeared in action over northwestern France in September 1941 and rapidly proved its superiority over the Mark V Spitfire, Britain's best fighter of the period.

Most Fw 190s were the "A" series, powered by a BMW radial engine. Late in 1943, however, the "D" series appeared in action against U.S. bombers, powered by the Jumo 213 inline, liquid-cooled engine. With its more powerful engine, the "D" had better performance than the "A" but because of the lengthened nose, a 20-inch section had to be added to the fuselage just forward of the tail. During its lifetime, more than 20,000 Fw 190s of all types were built.

The Fw 190D on display was assigned to the JG3 "Udet" Geschwader, one of the Luftwaffe's most famous fighter units which was named for Ernst Udet, Germany's leading ace to survive WW I. The airplane was captured and brought to the U.S. for testing at the end of WW II. It is on loan from the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Span: 34 ft. 5 1/3 in.
Length: 33 ft. 5 1/4 in.
Height: 11 ft. 1/4 in.
Weight: 10,670 lbs. combat-loaded
Armament: Two 20mm MG 151 cannons in wings and two 13mm MG 131 machine guns in nose
Engine: Junkers Jumo 213 of 2,240 hp. with methanol-water injection

Maximum speed: 426 mph.
Cruising speed: 280 mph.
Range: 520 miles
Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft.


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