Focke Wulf 190

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Junkers Jumo 213A
2,240 hp
7,696 lbs.
10,670 lbs.
2 x 20 mm
2 x 13 mm
1 x 1,102 lbs.
33 ft. 6 in.
34 ft. 6in.
280 mph
425 mph
3,250 fpm
40,000 feet
520 miles

Focke Wulf 190

Focke Wulf 190

The Focke Wulf 190 is regarded by many as Germany’s best piston engine World War II fighter aircraft. It first took to the sky in June of 1939. It quickly showed that fighter aircraft powered by radial engines were the equal of in-line engine powered aircraft of the time.
In their dogfights over France, in September of 1941, the Focke Wulf 190 downed three modern enemy aircraft.  It was faster than most enemy fighters it encountered.
The Focke Wulf 190 could out accelerate, out climb, and out dive its opposition. However, it could not turn as sharply. It remained the dominant aircraft of World War II until the Allies introduced newer models in sufficient quantities to be effective against them in late 1942.
Upgraded model A Focke Wulf 190 aircraft first saw combat in February of 1942. Their first missions were to provide air cover for German Navy warships. They met little opposition from enemy fighter aircraft during their missions, and managed to down some six torpedo bombers threatening the ships.
Focke Wulf 190 aircraft were deployed in large numbers in all German war zones. On August 19, 1942, in action against Canadian and British forces landing at Dieppe, the aircraft claimed victories over some 97 enemy aircraft. During the first day of the battle, a single Focke Wulf 190 aircraft piloted by Josef Wurmheller claimed the downing of seven enemy fighter aircraft.
The Focke Wulf 190 was produced in over thirty models to fulfill a variety of missions. Among those missions were standard fighter aircraft, torpedo carriers, dedicated night fighters, fighter / bombers, and bomber interceptors.

Focke Wulf 190 aircraft were constantly upgraded to include heavier cannon and machine guns. Many of the aircraft were fitted with water methanol or nitrous oxide injection to improve the emergency war power performance of their radial engines.

One tactic of Focke Wulf 190 interceptors was to arm a few lead aircraft with rockets. These were used to disrupt the bomber formations enabling other interceptor aircraft to more easily engage them.

The Focke Wulf 190 went up against heavily escorted Allied bomber formations. On August 17, 1943 over 300 aircraft were in the air to intercept a bombing raid over their homeland. They accounted for the downing of some 60 enemy bombers.

In August of 1944 the model D was introduced as a high altitude interceptor. The radial engine was replaced with a liquid cooled, inverted V engine. The forward fuselage of the model D was lengthened by about 48 in. in order to accommodate the engine.

Initial missions of the model D included providing air cover for jet aircraft over their airfields. The jet aircraft were especially vulnerable to interception during take offs and landings. Model D aircraft proved more than a match for Allied fighters flying against them.

A dedicated night fighter squadron was formed in June of 1943. Rather than being fitted with radar, night fighter aircraft depended on illumination from search lights, flares, and the moon to find their targets. The Luftwaffe claims that Focke Wulf 190 night fighters downed over 200 British heavy bombers.

A total of over 20,000 Focke Wulf 190 aircraft of all types were produced.

RC Focke Wulf 190

The RC Focke Wulf 190 from Top Flite is an ARF of all wood construction.  Its wingspan is 85 in. and length is 73 in.  It needs from 50 to 60 cc gas engine power.  Weight is around 23 lbs.

The Dynam RC Focke Wulf 190 features nav lights, retracts, and a BM3720A-kV500 motor. It has a 50 in. wingspan and is 44 in long.  It weighs about 51 oz.

FMS has a RC Focke Wulf 190 with a 55 in. wingspan and 48 in. length.  It comes wiith a 4250-kV580 motor, nav lights, a bomb, flaps and retracts.  All up weight is around 90 oz.

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