BLUFIn WW2, German pilots considered the Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter aircraft better than its American equivalent- the P-51D Mustang.
This article on the National Air and Space Museum site makes the following points about the FW190:
- The only completely successful German piston-engined fighter introduced during WW2.
- They entered service in late 1943, just as the American 8th Air Force commenced daylight raids over Germany.
- Top speed of 692kph at 11,300m.
- Armament: 2 x 20mm and 2x 13 mm cannons.
- Some aircraft carried bombs.
- Also used as night fighters.
- Some aircraft were involved in the Battle of the Bulge airfield attacks.
- After the war, the Soviets used captured FW 190 D-9s as torpedo bombers.
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- Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)-Military Factory
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- Focke-Wulf Fw 190 operational history-Military Fandom