Author(s): Justo Miranda
During the Second World War, Focke-Wulf installed a radial engine in its Fw 190 fighter to avoid competing against Messerschmitt for inline powerplants.
The Luftwaffe’s decision to assign precious turbojets to Messerschmitt and Arado, and the discovery of compressibility buffeting, made fighter designs most interesting. Kurt Tank proposed to install a centrifugal turbojet of his design in the nose of a Fw 190 A/3 with the intention of replacing it with a Jumo 004 B when available in 1943. Designs followed that could use all turbojets, turboprops, ramjets and rocket engines, either projected or at their disposal.
They constitute the documental material and stunning illustrations in Focke-Wulf Jet Fighters, the first book on the subject. After failing in the TL Jagdfleugzeug contests in March 1943, Volksflugzeug in September 1944 and Hochleitungs Nachtjäger in January 1945, Focke-Wulf finally overcame its competitors with the Jägernotprogramm design: the Ta 183. Although it was too late to intervene in the dying embers of war, it served as inspiration for numerous designs in other countries.
|248 x 172 mm
|08 February 2018
|120 back-and-white scale drawings