Posts Tagged ‘Focke Wulf 190

02
May
09

Supermarine "Spitfire" Mk IX – N8R

Few things or people can simply be introduced as the legend.  The “Spitfire” is one such thing.

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This aircraft stopped NAZI Germany’s vaunted Luftwaffe and spared the citizens of Great Britain the indignity of goose-stepping to the sound of sieg heil.

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Winston Churchill stated about the pilots who fought off the NAZI onslaught in their sturdy Hurricanes and nimble Spitfires, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

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The Mk IX variant of the Spitfire was developed in response to the appearance of large numbers of Focke Wulf FW-190s. 

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This particular Spitfire served with Free French pilots, as noted by the insignia beneath the canopy, and later with the British Royal Air Force in support of the D-Day Landings.

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Fitted with a four blade propeller and a larger Rolls-Merlin engine this particular model was produced in large numbers with over 5,000 built by 1944. 

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Spitfires saw action in all theaters of World War II.

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This warplane can be found at the EAA Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

For more information about this plane see: Spitfire

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14
Jul
08

Luftwaffe: Focke Wulf 190 (FW 190)

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Arguably the best propeller driven fighter plane of World War II, the Focke Wulf 190 (FW 190) had superior speed and performance over the British Spitfire V and later FW 190 versions would stay a step ahead of its British contemporaries.  The brainchild of Germany’s legendary aircraft designer Kurt Tank, the FW 190-A originally had a top speed of 390mph, and carried four 20mm cannons in the wings.  Later versions with better engines and fewer guns, would be able to reach speeds around 470mph.  In the hands of a novice pilot the plane was forgiving and easy to handle, making the machine a match for experienced and seasoned allied pilots.  In the hands of a veteran Luftwaffe pilot the FW 190 was a devastating weapon capable of destroying B-17 Flying Fortresses, was an easy match for the P-38, P-47 and could go toe to toe with the P-51.  Fighting alongside the Messerschmitt Me 262, the Germans had discovered a very capable replacement for the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

This plane can be found at: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

For more history on this type of plane follow this link: http://www.aviation-history.com/focke-wulf/fw190.html




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