By Malcolm Lowe
Arguably Germany's top fighter of the warfare, the Fw one hundred ninety stuck the RAF abruptly while it seemed in 1941. It remained unequalled in wrestle till the appearance of the Spitfire Mk IX past due the subsequent 12 months. versions of the Fw a hundred ninety observed motion opposed to the Allies on all fronts of the battle in Europe, ultimate in motion correct as much as VE-Day. This quantity illustrates the Fw 190's diverse operations via a hand-picked collection of specialist black and white photos taken throughout the conflict years.
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This included the fitting of two ETC 50 racks beneath each wing for the carriage of 50-kg bombs (designated the Fw 190F-3/R1). [n addition, a Robot-type 35 mm strike camera was often fitted inside the port wing leading edge. inde, although only 530 examples appear to have been built there, po ibly fewer. Like other F-series models, the F-3 had armoured (thicker) lower fuselage panels, cowling front and additional armour plating around the fuselage fuel tanks. Although planned for production, the F-4 to F-7 models did not enter series manufacture, making the F-8 the next F-series model to see production.
A number of examples of the F-8 were used a a part of the Mistel composite aircraft programme, particularly as the upper compon nt of th Mistel 2 combination. The final production example of the F- erie was the F-9, although a variety of projected model were numbered after this version. The F-9 was roughly equivalent to the Fw 190 -9 (al 0 sharing its powerplant), and had a rounded-top cockpit anopy as standard. Some examples also sported a wide-chord vertical tail resembling that fitted to the Ta 152.
An ETC 501 or more u ually ET 504 stores carrier could be fitted beneath the fuselage as required. A rounded-top cockpit canopy was fitted to many production aircraft. To begin with, some Luftwaffe pilots were highly sceptical of the Dora-9 when it first entered service - e pecially as it was powered by an engine originally intended for bombers, and had even been admitted by Kurt Tank himself as being little more than a stop-gap measure. In reality the excellent flying qualities and performance of the Fw 1900-9 particularly at higher altitudes were soon highly appreciated.