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FW TA 152H - the Luftwaffe's Finest




So exactly what is a Long Nose Dora? This aircraft is the least know and understood of any of the German fighters. For starters checkout the 3-Views of the three different versions of the FW-190-D on the main page, this will clearly show you the key differences in the shapes of the wing, fuselage and tail.

The FW-190-D used an “A” fuselage with a longer tail moment to offset the longer engine, The Junkers Jumo engine was a 12-cylinder in-line liquid-cooled power plant. The first production “D” models were delivered in late 1943 and early 1944. The FW-190-D9 was the finest performing propeller driven aircraft ever delivered to the Luftwaffe. With improvements such as water injection, the Jumo engine could deliver 2240 hp at low-level altitudes and 1880 hp at 15,500 feet.

This aircraft was more than a match for the North American Mustang and late model Spitfires. Originally, the “D” model was only brought out as a stopgap devised by Dr. Tank, while he was perfecting his long awaited TA-152H.

This is where the confusion starts. In the waning years of WWII, the German High Command had planned to honor the designers of the FW-190 and the Me-109 by changing the designations of the aircraft to those incorporating their initials. Therefore, the FW-190 Ra-2 and FW-190-Ra-3 became the TA-152B and TA-152H: the “TA” Designation stood for Dr. Kurt Tank.

The FW-190-D9 had a wingspan of 34’ 5.5” and the TA-152H had a wingspan of 47’ 4.5”. These later aircraft were clearly as good as, and in some cases superior to, the British and American fighters with which they were in daily combat, but the sheer numbers of opposing Allied aircraft eventually overwhelmed the Luftwaffe.


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