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Focke Wulf Ta 152



Origin: Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH
Type: Single-seat high altitude fighter
Models:
Ta 152C & Ta 152H
Crew: One
First Flight: N/A
Service Delivery: N/A
Total Production: N/A

POWERPLANT:
Model: Junkers Jumo 213E-1
Type: Inverted V12, liquid cooled with MW-50 injection and GM-1 boosting
Number: One
Horsepower:
 Take-Off:
  – 1,750 hp at 3,250 RPM
  – 2,050 hp w. MW 50
 Climb/Combat: 1,580 hp at 3,000 RPM
 Maximum:
  – 1,320 hp at 32,810 ft.
  – 1,740 hp with GM 1 boost

Propeller Unit:
  Junkers wooden three blade unit
Diameter: 3.6 m (11 ft. 9.75 in.)

FLUID:
Fuel:
  Capacity: 364 Imp. Gallons (1618 l)
  Type: B4 (87 Octane)
Oil:
  Capacity: 72 liters
GM-1 (Nitrous Oxide):
  Capacity: 85 liters
MW-50 (Methanol-Water)

  Capacity: 140 liters

DIMENSIONS:
Wing Span: 14.5m (47 ft. 6¾ in.)
Wing Area: 23.5m² (252.95 Sq. Ft.)
Length: 10.8m (35ft 5¼ in.)
Height: 4m (13 ft. 1.5 in.)
Wheel Track: 3.95m (12 ft. 11 in.)
Stabilizer Span: N/A
  WEIGHTS:
Empty: 3,600kg (7,940 lbs.)
Loaded: 5,500kg (12,125 lbs.)

PERFORMANCE:
Maximum speed:
695kph (431mph) at 10,500m (34,451 ft.)
750kph (466mph) at 9,000m (29,529 ft.) with MW-50
760kph (472mph) at 12,500m (41,012 ft.) with MW-50 and GM-1

Climb rate: 1000m/minute
Ceiling: 14,800m (48,560 ft.)
Range (Internal fuel): 1200km (745 Miles)

ARMAMENTS:
1 × 30mm MK 108 mounted between the cylinder heads, firing through the propeller hub
Ammunition: 90 Rounds

2 × inboard wing mounted 20mm MG151/20
Ammunition: 175 Rounds Each

(Occasionally outboard MG 151/20s as well, depending on model, some reconaissance models were unarmed)

Bomb load: None

AVIONICS:
Revi 16B Gunsight
FuG 125 Navigation equipment (H-1/R-11 Only)
LGW-Siemens K 23 Autopilot
FuG 16ZY Radio Transmitter/reciever
BSK 16 Gun Camera


The Focke-Wulf Ta 152 was a World War II German high-altitude fighter-interceptor designed by Kurt Tank and produced by Focke-Wulf. The Ta 152 was a development of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft. It was intended to be made in at least three versions–the Ta 152H Höhenjäger ("high-altitude fighter"), the Ta 152C designed for medium-altitude operations and ground-attack using a different engine and smaller wing, and the Ta 152E fighter-reconnaissance aircraft with the engine of the H model and the wing of the C model.

The first Ta 152H entered service with the Luftwaffe in January 1945. While total production–including prototypes and pre-production aircraft–has been incorrectly estimated in one source at approximately 220 units, only some 43 production aircraft were ever delivered before the end of the European conflict. These were too few to allow the Ta 152 to make a significant impact on the air war.




           

Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London
The Complete Encyclodepia of World Aircraft, 1997, Barnes & Nobles Books
Thanks to Richard Faulkner & Giancarlo Lupo for assisting in data clarification
Brown, Eric, Captain - Wings of the Luftwaffe, 1979, Airlife Publishing Ltd., Shrewsbury
Wikipedia - Focke-Wulf Ta 152

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