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VonJackal #1 Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:43 AM

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Ta-152 considered by many as the best German fighter of World War II.
I hope devs will introduce it

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Further improvements to the Fw 190D series airframe to provide even better performance at high altitude led to the introduction of the Focke-Wulf Ta 152 and Ta 153. The latter was built only as a development prototype, powered by a Daimler Benz DB603 engine, and introduced an entirely new high aspect ratio wing of increased span, together with revision of the fuselage structure, tail surfaces and internal systems. It was abandoned to avoid disruption of existing production facilities for the Fw 190. Kurt Tank presented two proposals, both derived from the Fw 190 D model (the variant characterized by the adoption of the large Junkers Jumo 213 A "V-12" engine instead of the usual BMW 801 radial), designated respectively Fw 190 Ra-2 and Fw 190 Ra-3. The two projects were accepted, and in honour of the designer, their code was characterized by the first two letters of Tank's surname: Ta 152 B and Ta 152 H. Moreover, the suffixes indicated the roles which Tank himself intended for the aircraft: Begleitjdger (escort fighter) and Hohenjager (high altitude fighter). In both aircraft, the power was entrusted to a Junkers Jumo 213 E "V-12" engine capable of generating in the region of 1,750 hp and provided with a three-speed two-stage compressor. The cockpit was pressurized and the basic armament consisted of a 30 mm Mk 108 cannon in the propeller axis and two 20 mm calibre weapons (MG 151/20) in the wings.
The final expression of the Focke Wulf Fw 190, considered by many as the best German fighter of World War II, was the Ta 152, an aircraft that was rather different from that designed by Kurt Tank back in 1937; however it was representative nevertheless of the lengthy evolution that the basic model had undergone during the various periods of the conflict. The Ta 152 was created to act as an interceptor at high altitude, and as such, it proved to be capable of an outstanding performance, especially as far as speed was concerned, being superior to that of any other enemy fighter. The H version could reach no less than 464 mph (748 km/h) at 30,098 ft (9,150 m) and 471 mph (759 km/h) at 41,118 ft (12,500 m). However, relatively few of these remarkable combat planes came off the assembly lines during the last months of the war and their career was rather limited, and almost non-existent in the role for which they had been conceived.

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The Ta 152 as conceived originally was structurally closer to the Fw 190D, except that the flap and landing gear systems were hydraulically and not electrically actuated. In the autumn of 1944 a prototype appeared with a Junkers Jumo 213E engine and high aspect ratio long-span wings, and although it crashed on 8 October its replacement in the Ta 152H test programme had the Jumo engine but standard Fw 190 wings. The first of 20 pre-production Ta 152H-0 aircraft flew in October 1944 and these, built at Focke-Wulf's Cottbus factory, were mostly rebuilt from Fw 190A-1 airframes and powered by the Jumo 213E engine with an MW-50 water-methanol injection system. The Ta 152H-1 was armed with one engine-mounted 30 mm MK 108 cannon with 90 rounds and two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wings with 175 rpg. 330 pounds of armour were carried for the protection of the engine and the pilot. Most production machines were delivered to Ta 152H-1/R11 bad-weather fighter standards. A MW-50 boost tank was fitted in the inboard port wing tank for use in enhancing low-altitude performance, with the GM 1 high-altitude boost tank aft of the cockpit being standard.
The only production version was the Ta 152H-1 which, armed with one engine-mounted 30 mm MK 108 cannon and two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots, began to leave the Cottbus lines in November 1944.
The Ta 152 H's outstanding performance was tested personally by the designer himself. In December, 1944, while flying between Lagenhagen and Cottbus at the controls of one of the first aircraft, Kurt Tank was intercepted by a pair of American P-51 Mustangs. His tactics for escape were extremely simple. Tank pressed the button which activated his MW 50 boost, opened the throttle wide, and quickly left the Mustangs far behind in a cloud of blue smoke.

Specifications (Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-1)

Type: Single Seat High Altitude Fighter
Powerplant: One Junkers Jumo 213E-1 12-cylinder liquid cooled engine rated at 1,750 hp (1305 kW) at takeoff and 2,050 hp (1529 kW) with MW 50 (water/methanol) boost and 1,320 hp (985 kW) at 32,800 feet.
Performance: Maximum speed 332 mph (534 km/h) at sea level and 350 mph (563 km/h) with MW-50 (water/methanol) boost. 472 mph (759 km/h) at 41,010 ft (12500 m) with both MW-50 (water/methanol) and GM-1 (nitrous oxide) boost. Service ceiling was 48,550 ft (14800 m) with GM 1 boost. Initial climb rate was 3445 ft per minute with MW-50 boost.
Range: 746 miles (1200 km) on internal fuel stores of 364 Imperial Gallons (1618 litres).
Weight: Empty equipped 8,643 lbs (3920 kg) with a normal take-off weight of 10,472 lbs (4750 kg). Maximum take-off weight was 11,502 lbs (5219 kg).
Dimensions: Span 47 ft 6 3/4 in (14.50 m); length 35 ft 5 1/2 in (10.80 m); height 13 ft 1 1/2 in (4.00 m); wing area 252.96 sq ft (23.50 sq m).
Armament: One 30mm MK 108 (with 90 rounds) mounted between the cylinder heads and firing through the propeller hub and two inboard wing mounted 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon with 175 rounds each.

@Woland_ #2 Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:27 AM

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It's my fav for German T8 fighter. A really faboulus machine.


@yiebo #3 Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:18 AM

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the plane looks like a stretched Fw190

@Woland_ #4 Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:20 PM

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It is a stretched FW-190, in the same maner the FW-190D was done. Those two planes are fairly similar in apearance.


Glog97 #5 Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:40 PM

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I agree that it was a very good fighter...but il stay with the legend, Bf 109 E ;)


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Smedlee #6 Posted 28 October 2011 - 03:07 AM

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If it were not for jets we would have seen more planes like these and the Republic XP-72, North American P-51H, and Supermarine Spiteful as well.

@Woland_ #7 Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:08 AM

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View PostGlog97, on 27 October 2011 - 03:40 PM, said:

I agree that it was a very good fighter...but il stay with the legend, Bf 109 E ;)

I always liked the F version more.


Volture #8 Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:59 AM

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Oh ...this plane is an ART of aviation!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you Vonjackal for this exellence analysis !!!!!

for those who knows about the ww2 fighters....this plane was the best by far!!!

Thank you again Vonjackal.

Please devs....include this lethal weapon to the German tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Ankot #9 Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

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This plane led to the Focke woulf FW 109 D9

@sturmvogel #10 Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:42 PM

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View PostAnkot, on 12 January 2012 - 07:29 PM, said:

This plane led to the Focke woulf FW 109 D9
You have them switched, mate. The D series of the Fw-190 was the first to have the inline engines and were promptly nicknamed 'Long-nosed Dora's' by the pilots and groundcrews. The Ta 152 was developed later and had an improved powerplant (a Jumo 213E, I believe) as well as hydraulically controlled flaps and landing gear instead of electrically on the D and earlier series of the 190.

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@Karabelas #11 Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:28 PM

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Maybe this can be the last piston engined fighter on the german tech tree? Maybe tier 7-8? Dunno really. A wonderful plane all in all.

@Ankot #12 Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:32 PM

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View Poststurmvogel, on 12 January 2012 - 09:42 PM, said:

You have them switched, mate. The D series of the Fw-190 was the first to have the inline engines and were promptly nicknamed 'Long-nosed Dora's' by the pilots and groundcrews. The Ta 152 was developed later and had an improved powerplant (a Jumo 213E, I believe) as well as hydraulically controlled flaps and landing gear instead of electrically on the D and earlier series of the 190.
Ok thanks. I thought this was a Fw prototype that led to the FW 190 D :mellow:

So thanks for the correction ;)

Grimreaper2 #13 Posted 21 January 2012 - 11:58 PM

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This is something to grind for!

wrencher232 #14 Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:07 PM

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Well, I think it actually had chances against the P-80, so teir 8-9.

der_werwolf #15 Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:11 PM

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And this plane was has one of the best pilots in the luftwaffe: the oberst (Colonel) Hans-Ulrich Rudel.

der_werwolf #16 Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:09 PM

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And this plane was has one of the best pilots in the luftwaffe: the oberst (Colonel) Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Other group of pilots who flight with this plane was the JV 44 (Jagverband 44), in the "Platzschutzstaffel" (Airfield Protection Squadron). They have the mission of protect the Me 262 when they provide air cover in the landigs and takeoffs. They was called "Papagei Staffel" (Parrot squadron), because his red planes with white stripes. Some pictures of they:


The Parrot Squadron
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