Focke-Wulf FW 190

Flight Journal - - GALLERY -

Capt. Eric Brown, Royal Navy, Re­tired

The FW cock­pit was nar­row, but I was pleas­antly sur­prised to find the for­ward view bet­ter than the Bf 109, Mus­tang, or Spit­fire. The con­trols were easy to han­dle and the gen­eral cock­pit lay­out was good, but the lay­out of the flight in­stru­ments was not as good as in the Bf 109. The re­ally in­ter­est­ing thing in the FW 190 was the in­ge­nious Kom­mandgerat or “brain box.” This re­lieved the pi­lot of hav­ing to con­trol the airscrew, pitch, mix­ture, boost, and rpm when mov­ing the throt­tle for­ward or back. This cut the pi­lot’s work­load con­sid­er­ably and was a great as­set, es­pe­cially in com­bat.

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