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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.

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