TYPE: Fighter, Fighter-bomber, Close-support aircraft
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only
POWER PLANT: One BMW 801D-2 radial engine, rated at 1,700 hp
PERFORMANCE: 408 mph at 19, 400 ft
COMMENT: The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike) was a single-seat, single-engine fighter designed in the late 1930s. Production started in 1940, first flying operations began in autumn 1941. Along with its well-known counterpart, the Messerschmitt Me 109 the Fw 190 became the backbone of the German Fighter Force (Jagdwaffe). The more powerful BMW 801 radial engine – the Messerschmitt Me 109 was powered by an inline Daimler-Benz DB 605, rated at 1,450 hp) – enabled the Fw 190 to lift larger loads than the Bf 109. So the Fw 190 was widely used as a day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft and even as night-fighter and trainer. Production ended with WWII, a total of 19,500 aircraft been built in a variety of subtypes: Fw 190A-1 to A9, Fw 190 B and C, Fw 190D, Fw 190F und G, Fw 190S. Also the Fw 190 was used as test-plane for different engines, weapons etc.