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HISTORY

  • The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was a premier, single-seat, German fighter aircraft used by the Luftwaffe during World War II. It was second only to the Messerschmitt Bf 109, but was the backbone of the air force. It was developed by Kurt Tank and built by Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG, the manufacturer of many civil and military aircraft during World War II. Over 20,000 Fw 190s were built.
  • The Fw 190A series was a superior fighter from its debut over France in 1941. Luftwaffe pilots like the aircraft and it was employed in many successful kills by German aces. But with the introduction of the P-51 Mustang and Spitfire Mk.V. it met its match and even defeat. However, it was an effective fighter, especially for ground attack. It was nicknamed the “Würger”, meaning “shrike” in English, which the allied pilots called the “butcher bird”.
  • There were many variants built of the Fw 190.  Among them, the Fw 190A-8, which differed in improved armor, oil cooler, and power boost systems.  Planes of Fame Air Museum’s Fw 190 is an A-8/N variant.

DISTINCTION

  • The Museum’s Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau Fw190A-8 “Würger” is a unique flying replica. It was the eleventh of twenty airframes built by the German company, Flug+Werk GmbH, using original Focke-Wulf plans and some original manufacturing dies. Fabrication this Fw 190A-8/N, construction number 990010, was done by Aerostar in Bacau, Romania and delivered in 2000. This aircraft was purchased by Rudy Frasca of Urbana, Illinois. California AeroFab in Chino made the aircraft flight worthy (it features a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine). The Museum acquired the Fw190 in 2018. It bears the markings of German ace Oskar Bosch who shot down 18 Allied aircraft (including six B-17s and two B-24s).

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Flyable
Manufacturer: Flug + Werk GmbH
Year: Replica built 2000 based on 1944 aircraft
Model: Fw 190A-8/N "Würger"
Registration Number: N190RF
Serial Number: 980574
Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight: 10,803 lb.
Span: 34 ft. 6 in.
Length: 29 ft. 4 in.
Height: 10 ft. 4 in.
Maximum Speed: 405 mph
Cruise Speed: 351 mph 
Rate of Climb: 3,000 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 × Pratt&Whitney R2800-8 Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial, 2000 hp;  original engine 1 × BMW 801D-2 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine 1,677 hp (original engine no longer manufactured)
Range: 620 mi
Service Ceiling: 33,960 ft.
Armament: Two 13 mm synchronized MG 131 machine guns;  Two, wing-mounted 20 mm MG 151/20 E cannons; Two, wing-mounted 20 mm MG 151/20 E cannons;  Four wing bombs or one fuselage bomb.

 

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