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Focke Wulf Fw 190 D9 "Butcher Bird"

1/72 scale

by  Fabian Vera


The Fw190D9, was born according to the Luftwaffe requirement to Messerschmitt and Focke Wulf for a fighter that could fly to 24000 feet (high and low altitude activity). In 1942 both companies showed their projects, Kurt Tank's (Designer of the Focke Wulf Fw 190A) won the competition, presenting the Ta 152, propelled by an in line engine.  

Since this airplane tests were not satisfactory, the Luftwaffe compelled the companies to solve at once these troubles, For that reason in 1943 Focke Wulf arrived to a quick solution; this was to convert Fw 190A8/9 airframe. The work consisted on narrowing and lengthening the fuselage as well as to replace the motor for a Jumo 213A, this new version was named Fw 190D9.

After testing the prototypes during the first months of 1944, the Luftwaffe gave her approval to begin with the airplanes building. In August the first airplanes came out, which were sent to the combat units. The pilots opinion was not completely good, but Kurt Tank explained that this was a quick solution until the Ta152 would be developed. But as the pilots flew the Dora, they could appreciate this airplane good characteristics. It is necessary to highlight that this airplane was a great opponent for the allied pilots.


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