Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F and G-series.
Type: German Luftwaffe close support attack aircraft and fighter-bomber.
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The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F as well as G (the E reconnaissance fighter and high altitude H models not being produced) had been short-nosed versions, developed from the Fw 190 A.
The Fw 190 F series’ main type, the F-8, had arrangement for underwing rocket projectiles. The two F and G models had been BMW801-powered, the second becoming mainly fighter-bombers in which gun armament was cut down allowing (on the G-1) a single 3,968 lb (1.8 t) bomb, or on any other G models up to 2,205 lb (ca. 1,000 kg) of small-sized bombs, to be taken.
The Focke-Wulf G and F were a replacement of the Ju 87 Stukas within the ground-support squadrons at the end of WW2.
The F models were close-support attack planes, a few receiving the Panzerblitz assortment of R4M rockets for tank-busting. There have been more than Forty additional specific armaments, and a few of the final models had armored leading edges for ramming B-17 Fortress or B-24 Liberator bombers.
Overall Focke-Wulf 190 manufacturing, which ended in 1945, was around 19,500.
The Focke-Wulf 190 was the first fighter to provide the Luftwaffe a combat edge over the earlier Supermarine Spitfire fighters. Its general adaptability, too sophisticated to list here, had been classified by a number of equipments to evolve serial planes to various tasks, and the allocation of some Eighty trial numbers to individual development planes.
Users: Germany, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary (for Fw 190 F and G).
Animated 3D model Focke-Wulf F-8
Specifications Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8
|Fw 190 F-8||Specification|
|Power plant||one 1,700 hp (2,100 hp boosted) BMW 801D-2 18-cylinder two-row radial engine|
|Wing span||34 ft 5.6 in (10.49 m)|
|Length overall||29 ft (8.84 m)|
|Height overall||13 ft (3.96 m)|
|Weight empty||7,055 lb (3,200 kg)|
|Weight loaded||10,800 lb (4,900 kg)|
|Maximum speed||408 mph with boost (653 km/hr)|
|Initial climb||2,350 ft/min (716 m/min)|
|Service ceiling||33,790 ft (10,300 m)|
|Range||560 miles (900 km)|
|Fw 190 F-8||Specification|
|above engine||2 x 13mm MG131 (930 rpm; velocity 2,461 ft/sec)|
|in wing roots||2 x 20mm MG151/20 (720 rpm; velocity 1,920 ft/sec)|
|in outer wings||2 x 20mm MG151/20 or 2 x 30mm MK108 (650 rpm; velocity 1,705 ft/sec)|
|External load||one 3,968 lb bomb on centreline (G-1) or one 551 lb bomb and four 110 lb bombs (up to 2,208 lb)|
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References and literature
The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II (Chris Bishop)
Combat Aircraft of World War II (Bill Gunston)
Das große Buch der Luftkämpfe (Ian Parsons)
Technik und Einsatz der Kampfflugzeuge vom 1. Weltkrieg bis heute (Ian Parsons)
German Aircraft of World War 2 in Colour (Kenneth Munson)
Luftwaffe Handbook (Dr Alfred Price)
Warplanes of the Luftwaffe (David Donald)
The Luftwaffe Album, Bomber and Fighter Aircraft of the German Air Force 1933-1945 (Joachim Dressel, Manfred Griehl)