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"Focke-Wulf 190 Compared with Spitfire IX and P-38F" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on the German FW-190 fighter was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 11, Nov. 5, 1942.

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On the basis of incomplete tests of a captured Focke-Wulf 190, Germany's newest and best fighter plane, the following comparison may be made between the FW-190 on the one hand, and the Spitfire IX and the P-38F on the other.

a. FW-190 Compared with Spitfire IX

Speed--the two planes are approximately equal at most altitudes.

Climb--up to 20,000 ft the two planes are approximately equal, but at higher altitudes the Spitfire is definitely superior.

Dive--the FW-190 excels.

Maneuverability--except in radius of turn the FW-190 is superior.

General conclusion--the Spitfire compares favorably with the FW-190, especially at high altitudes.

b. FW-190 Compared with P-38F

Speed--while the P-38 is slower at low altitudes, the two planes are approximately equal at 20,000 ft, and at higher altitudes the P-38 rapidly excels.

Climb--the FW-190 is superior up to 15,000 ft, but after 20,000 ft, the P-38 has the advantage.

Dive--the FW-190 is faster in a dive than the P-38, particularly in the initial stages.

Maneuverability--except at lower speed of around 140 mph the FW-190 is superior and will out-turn the P-38.


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