Fw 190A-3 ver­sus spit­fire Xii

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rae Com­par­a­tive re­port

Two brief flights at be­tween 1000ft and 2000ft were car­ried out be­tween the Fw 190 and the pro­to­type Grif­fon Spit­fire flown by an ex­pe­ri­enced test pi­lot from Messrs Vick­ers.two speed runs were made from high cruis­ing speed over a dis­tance of about 10 miles.the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the Spit­fire proved su­pe­rior to that of the Fw 190 and its speed ap­pre­cia­bly faster. Ow­ing to ad­verse weather con­di­tions it was not pos­si­ble to com­pare the two air­craft for dive and climb. Ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity: Brief ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity tests were car­ried out and the Spit­fire had no dif­fi­culty in out-turn­ing the Fw 190. It again should be borne in mind, how­ever, that the pi­lot of the Fw 190 was re­luc­tant at the time to risk stalling the air­craft in the turn at such a low height and it is there­fore pos­si­ble that the turn could have been tighter and the dif­fer­ence be­tween them less marked.

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