History of the Focke Wulf Fw-190 A-8 – Battle of Normandy

Focke Wulf Fw-190 A-8

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Focke Wulf Fw-190 history

While Nazi Germany launched its first World War II offensives in western Europe, the German Luftwaffe Air Force wanted to equip itself with a multi-role aircraft, with characteristics equal to or even better than the Messerschmidt Bf 109. Thus, during the spring of 1938, the study of a new hunter began.

A year later, in the spring of 1939, the fourth and final prototype was manufactured. It was a great success with the German military specialists, who decided to launch the production of this device, now called Focke Wulf Fw 190. A serious problem of temperature too high in the cockpit is quickly solved, but already the Fw 190 presents itself as one of the best fighters-hunters of the Second World War.

The Focke Wulf Fw 190 can also be used as a fighter-bomber, a role in which it excels. Initially used on the eastern front against the Soviet forces, the Fw 190 was also sent to Europe from 1943, and the hundred west-based aircraft were sent against the Allied squadrons within the framework of the Battle of Normandy. But the struggle there is very uneven due to the excess number of opposing aircraft.

Focke Wulf Fw-190 A-8 specification

Creator/User: Germany
Denomination: Focke Wulf FW-190 A-8

Length: 8,84 m
Wingspan: 10,49 m
Height: 3,96 m
Empty weight: 3,200 kg
Maximum speed: 656 km/h
Operational range: 900 km
Ceiling: 11,410 m

Armament: two 13 mm MG 131 guns, four 20 mm MG 151 guns, carrying capacity of a 500 kg bomb

Engine: BMW 801 D-2 radial engine, 1,250 kW (1,700 PS, 1,677 hp)

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