Sur­vivors

The Fw 190 on dis­play, un­der­go­ing restora­tion or in stor­age

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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.

Herdla Mu­seum Pline

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.

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