FOCKE-WULF Fw 190
When it appeared in the skies over Europe in 1941, the Focke-wulf Fw 190 was the best fighter in the world. It was more than a match for the best Spitfires the RAF could field and began shooting them down in everincreasing numbers. Only the introduction of the Spitfire IX with its two-stage supercharged Merlin overturned its supremacy. Alongside the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 is the iconic fighter of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It was hugely adaptable and fought on nearly all fronts, proving to be a formidable opponent. It was used for the Mistel flying bomb combination and as a test aircraft for the Ruhrstahl X-4 wire-guided air-to-air missile, and later developed into the ‘long nose’ Fw 190D-9. Its final development was the powerful Ta 152 fighter, designed to defeat the most advanced Allied piston-engined fighters such as the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Spitfire XIV, Hawker Tempest and P-51 Mustang. Today there are no more than two dozen surviving original aircraft.this issue tells the Fw 190’s remarkable story with a wealth of new artwork, hundreds of period photos and a selection of original design drawings produced by Focke-wulf.