Fw 190 D

Germany-flagFocke-Wulf Fw 190 ‘Dora’ and Ta 152 interceptor aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model.

Fw 190 D-12

The last surviving example of the ‘Dora’, is this Fw 190 D-12 at the US fighter museum Champlin.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D .
Type: German Luftwaffe interceptor aircraft.

History:

The Fw 190 A models should have been exchanged in preference to the long­nosed Fw 190 D or ‘Dora’. The D models, which in turn several 650-700 aircrafts had been produced, started out from prototypes with the 1,776hp Jumo 213A-1 power plant, equipped by having an annular cooling air duct that serviced the ‘radial’ visual aspect.
Initial Fw 190 D-0s and D-1s had been distinguished, besides their extended cowlings, by extended rear fuselages as well as (on the D-1) enhanced fin area.

The main manufacturing model (designated to go along with the Fw190 A-8) was the Fw 190 D-9 interceptor, which went into action with III./JG54 in 1944 and was equipped with a pair of MG 151/20 wing guns and 2 x MG 131s above the power plant.
This interceptor entered manufacturing during the fall of 1944, following a long development. It was once again the fastest piston-engined fighter of WW2.

Respected by many people as the Luftwaffe‘s greatest piston-engined interceptor of WW2, the D-9 would have been to accompanied by the D-11, 12, 13, 14 and 15; but no significant manufacturing of these versions had been carried out.

Later D-models were redesignated Ta 152 in merit of the manager of Focke-Wulf’s develop staff, Dipl.Ing. Kurt Tank.
The first Ta 152 C models had been remarkably impressive, however the long-span Ta 152 H given up weapons for speed and flying height. Kurt Tank himself without difficulty outpaced a flight of P-51D Mustangs which surprised him on a trial trip; however only 10 of the H sub-type had flown before WW2 was over.

Users: Germany (Luftwaffe).


Animated 3D model Focke-Wulf D-9


Specifications Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9

Specifications
D-9 Specification
Type Interceptor
Power plantone 1,776 hp (2,240 hp boosted) Jumo 213A-1 12-cylinder inverted-vee liquid-cooled engine
Accommodation 1
Wing span34 ft 5.6 in (10.51 m)
Length overall33 ft 5.3 in (10.19 m)
Height overall11 ft 0.3 in (3.96 m)
Wing area196.98 sq/ft (18.30 m²)
Weight empty equipped7,694 lb (3,490 kg)
Weight loaded10,670 lb (4,840 kg)
Max. power loading6.01 lb/hp (2.72 kg/PS)
Maximum speed426 mph at 21,655 ft (686 km/h in 6.600 m)
Initial climb3,117 ft/min (950 m/min.)
Service ceiling37,075 ft (11,300 m)
Range520 miles (837 km)
Armament
D-9 Specification
above engine2 x 13mm MG131 (930 rpm, velocity 2,461 ft/sec)
in wing roots2 x 20mm MG151/20 (720 rpm, velocity 1,920 ft/sec)
through propeller hub1 x 30mm MK108 (650 rpm, velocity 1,705 ft/sec)
External loadone 1,100 lb (500 kg) bomb on centreline
Service statistics
Fw 190 data
First flight D late 1942
Production delivery (D-9) autumn 1944
Final delivery 1945
Total production figure (all)Total: 20,001 (of these 650-700 D-models and 67 Ta 152)
Accepted (all) by Luftwaffe 1/39-12/4416,724
Production 1944 (all fighter variants)7,488
Production 1945 (all fighter variants)1,630
all in First Line Units 10.1.451,561
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