Focke-Wulf Fw190

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A photo of a restored WWII German Focke-Wulf Fw190, from Wikipedia.

A real Focke-Wulf Fw190, restored and repainted.

The Focke-Wulf Fw190 was a single-seat fighter aircraft for the German Luftwaffe during WWII. It was used in many roles, from mid-air fighter to ground-attack aircraft, as well as an escort fighter for the Junkers Ju87 “Stuka”.

At the beginning of the war, the plane was superior to everything else in the sky, but improvements to Allied planes led to improvements in the Focke-Wulf, and vice versa. Throughout the war, it was on relatively even footing with Allied planes.

Many German flying aces piloted the Fw190, and overall, it was well-received by pilots. The plane could travel faster than 380mph, though it could surpass 400mph with a power boost.

The Focke-Wulf of the A series, which was produced up until 1945, was armed with up to six guns – two on the fuselage, one at the base of each wing and one at each wingtip. These were usually MG17‘s, MG131‘s or 15mm to 30mm cannons. The plane could also carry a variety of other arms, including bombs, missiles and rockets, depending on the task it was intended to complete.

Three of these planes are destroyed by Lt. Powell at the airfield in North Africa, along with 10 Stukas, which the Fw190’s would have been escorting.

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