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Focke-Wulf Ta 152

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The Ta 152 was essentially a modification of another Focke-Wulf aircraft, the Fw 190, with the emphasis on improving the high altitude performance of the aircraft. In the end, though, only 40 Focke-Wulf Ta 152 aircraft would be manufactured.

Quick Facts
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First flight
Autumn 1944
Entered service
January 1945
Total built
Over 40

Front view
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Rear view
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A direct descendant of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 the aim was to improve high altitude performance and the main changes featured hydraulically powered flaps and landing gear replacing the electrically actuated system. The prototype, powered by a Junkers Jumo 213E engine, flew during the Autumn of 1944, however disaster struck on the 8th October 1944 when the plane crashed. This didn't stop the Ta 152H testing, however the replacement aircraft had the standard Fw 190 wings.

The first pre-production Ta 152H-0 also flew in October 1944 with the same Jumo 213E engine as the prototype and these were re-built using Fw 190A-1 airframes and featured a MW-50 water-methanol injection system. These would be operational with JG 301 after trials by Exprobungskommando 152 at Rechlin. The Ta 152s role with JG 301 was to protect the Messerschmitt Me 262 and it's airfield whilst the type was taking off and landing.

Three Ta 152H production versions were planned, however only the Ta 152H-1 would reach production and this began to arrive during November 1944 and had an armament of two 20-mm cannons in the wings and a 30-mm Mk 108 cannon mounted in the engine and had a top speed of 472 mph. The Ta 152C was to be the second production version and the prototype made its maiden flight on the 19th November 1944 and power was supplied by the 2,100-hp Daimler-Benz DB603LA engine. The third and final planned version was the Ta 152E photo-reconnaissance version which would have had the same engine as the Ta 152H-1 and the prototype was the only version built.

A Ta 153 prototype appeared with a Daimler-Benz DB603 engine, however it was significantly different and was shelved so as not to disrupt production. In the end just over 40 Focke-Wulf Ta 152s were produced.



Variants

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Max Speed Range Service Ceiling Armament
Ta 152C Only one pre-production example built.
Ta 152E Photo-reconnaissance type, only one prototype produced.
Ta 152H 472 mph 746 miles 48,500 ft one 30-mm Mk 108 cannon
two 20-mm MG 151/20 cannons



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On Display

(C) = Cockpit only exhibit. (F) = Fuselage only exhibit. (R) = Remains of an aircraft.

Variant Location
No known examples currently on public display in the UK.

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