The Fw 190 on display, undergoing restoration or in storage
Altogether more than 20,000 Focke-wulf Fw 190s of all types were built, an astonishing number, particularly since most were produced in less than four years. Yet today only 28 Fw 190s are known to exist to a greater or lesser degree, plus a single Ta 152. This compares to around 100 surviving Bf 109s and derivatives.
The Focke-wulf Fw 190 remained in service as one of the Luftwaffe’s two front line fighters until the bitter end of the Second World War. It served primarily in Europe and particularly in Germany during the final year of the Third Reich. This reduced the likelihood of examples surviving in far-flung corners of the world and meant that surviving examples tended to be exposed to the damp European climate – causing more rot. When Germany finally capitulated, there were hundreds of Fw 190s littered across Europe – they were 10 a penny – and scrapyards quickly filled up with them as the debris of war was cleared away. A precious few were taken away by Britain and America as war prizes, curios to be studied before being scrapped or shuffled off to museum storage. Some of those left behind had been sabotaged by their former owners, others were simply left out in the open and fell into disrepair or were picked over by local people – apparently Fw 190 tail wheels fitted nicely on to wheelbarrows. Most of the survivors listed here have been recovered in more recent and perhaps prosperous times – either from remote locations such as forests and mountainsides, or restored from scraps that have somehow survived the passage of time. As ever, the list of aircraft here is as complete as we can make it, but we realise there may be aircraft we have missed or which have moved to new owners. If you know of any that are not listed here, please do tell us and we can publish the details on the Aviation Classics website.
On near-permanent loan from the National Air and Space Museum, this Fw 190D-9, 601088, is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The only Fw 190 in the whole of the southern hemisphere is Fw 190A-6/R8, 550214 at the South African National Museum of Military History, Saxonwald, near Johannesburg.the museum disputes any claims that the aircraft is an R6, or that it was ever used as a night fighter. Surely one of the best preserved Focke-wulf aircraft of any type in existence is this Fw 190F8/R1, 931884, based at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Maryland. Thought to be the only twoseater Fw 190 in existence, with the possible exception of the mysterious aircraft registered as a two-seater in the US, is Black 38,an Fw 190F-8/U1 formerly used as a VIP transport by Jadgfliegerschule 103. Now on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon.
One of several ‘last ones’ among the surviving Fw 190s, this is the last Fw 190D-13. WNR. 836017 was on display in Arizona, as pictured here, but is now at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. Fw 190A-8 732183 was among several Fw 190s that crashed during the events of ‘Black Friday’ in Norway on February 9, 1945. It is now on display at the Cottbus Hangar of the Military Aviation Museum,virginia Beach. The last remaining Focke-wulf Ta 152, Green 4, pictured at a Smithsonian storage facility in 1998. It has remained out of public view ever since.
The wreck of Fw 190A-2 5425,Yellow 16, at the Herdla Museum on Askov Island, Norway.the aircraft’s remains were recovered from the seabed on November 1, 2006. Ago-built Fw 190A-8 730923 was converted for use by the French as an NC 900 after the war. It is seen here at the Musée de l’air et de l’espace in Paris.