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The quest to find an al­ter­na­tive en­gine for the Fw 190 in 1942, to re­place the trou­ble­some BMW 801 once and for all, in­cluded the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a jet so­lu­tion. Focke-wulf chief designer Kurt Tank wanted a fuse­lage mounted jet that would blend seam­lessly into the ex­ist­ing Fw 190 fuse­lage and would, like the other en­gines con­sid­ered, re­quire min­i­mal al­ter­ations.the re­sult was a very odd-look­ing de­sign by to­day’s stan­dards. At the time, no one was re­ally sure what a jet-pow­ered air­craft was sup­posed to look like. The T1 tur­bo­jet was de­signed in-house by Focke-wulf and would have fit­ted right on to the Fw 190’s nose.thrust would ini­tially come from all around the rear por­tion of the en­gine’s cowl­ing, ex­cept in front of the cock­pit.this was later mod­i­fied to noz­zles vent­ing along the cen­tre of the fuse­lage be­neath the air­craft. The de­sign was set out in a Focke-wulf doc­u­ment dated Novem­ber 5, 1942, but per­for­mance fig­ures were less than stel­lar com­pared with those pro­duced by the Me 262 and the project was aban­doned.

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