Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: "Butcher Bird"!

The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 "Wurger" (Butcher Bird) ranks with the Supermarine Spitfire, Vought F4U Corsair, and North American P-51 Mustang as one of the best fighters of World War II. The Focke-Wulf 190 "Wurger" was the work of a team of German designers headed by the famous Kurt Tank. It was evolved basically as a successor to the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter, although the official view was that it would never be capable of matching the operational prowess of the Bf 109. How wrong this proved! There were some early cooling problems with the air-cooled BMW 801 engine, but refinements rectified these. The 801 engine produced 1730 HP. The Fw 190 had four 20 mm cannon plus two machine guns. Later versions could carry a 30 mm cannon firing through the propeller boss (hub).

VIDEO - "Butcher Bird"!

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