Fly­ing the FW 190 by Frank Parker

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I felt priv­i­leged to be asked to fly the Char­i­ots of Fire Flug Werk FW 190. Be­fore tak­ing on a task of this sig­nif­i­cance it was ap­pro­pri­ate to re­search the air­craft and its her­itage.the ex­tent of their achieve­ment in bring­ing a re­pro­duc­tion of the Fw 190 to re­al­ity has been in­cred­i­ble. The first im­pres­sion of the FW 190 with its some­what un­gainly ‘stance’ is one of ag­gres­sion. This was borne out in its early suc­cesses over the skies of Europe in 1941; in fact it reigned supreme for over 12 months in a rapidly de­vel­op­ing avi­a­tion en­vi­ron­ment. With de­vel­op­ments as fighter, bomber and ground attack vari­ants, it is gen­er­ally re­garded as Ger­many’s most suc­cess­ful Sec­ond World War air­craft. This Flug Werk air­craft is a faith­ful re­pro­duc­tion from orig­i­nal plans and in­cor­po­rates a few gen­uine 1940 vin­tage com­po­nents. Any 1940s vin­tage front line fighter is a se­ri­ous air­craft and the FW 190 fits this cat­e­gory.the ASH 82 en­gine oozes ‘at­ti­tude’; the air­craft with no ar­ma­ment has a spir­ited per­for­mance. Even af­ter ini­tial eval­u­a­tion it was clear that the air­craft had its own per­sona. It is not the clas­si­cal har­mony of the P-40, the light el­e­va­tors of the Spit­fire or the nim­ble­ness of the Yak-3.the en­gine brings the feel of the Lav­ochkin La-7; how­ever, the flight con­trols are unique to this air­craft – light, neu­tral with lit­tle feed­back to the pi­lot. It’s not ‘love at first flight’ but with a lit­tle more ex­po­sure this will be­come a nice air­craft to fly. Frank Parker of War­bird Adventure Rides, New Zealand, FW 190 pi­lot

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