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Werk Nr 0173 in RAF markings[1]

The Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu ("Eagle Owl") was a German twin-engine, twin-boom, three-seat tactical reconnaissance and army cooperation aircraft. It first flew in 1938 (Fw 189 V1), entered service in 1940 and was produced until mid-1944. This should not be confused with the Heinkel He 219 night fighter also named Uhu. Called the "Flying Eye" of the German army, the Fw 189 was used extensively on the Eastern Front with great success. Its Russian nickname was "Rama" (Frame), referring to its distinctive tailboom and stabilizer shapes giving it the characteristic quadrangular appearance. Despite its slow speed and fragile looks, the Fw 189's maneuverability made it a difficult target for attacking Russian fighters. When attacked, the Fw 189 was often able to out-turn attacking fighters by simply flying in a tight circle into which enemy fighters could not follow. 864 were built.

Specifications (Fw 189 A-1)[]

  • Crew=3
  • Length: 39 ft 4 in (12 m)
  • Span: 60 ft 4 in (18.4 m
  • Height: 12 ft 0 in (3.7 m
  • Wing area: 409 ft² (38 m²
  • Empty weight: 5,920 lb (2,680 kg
  • Loaded weight: 8,708 lb (3,950 kg
  • Engine: 2 x Argus As 410
  • Power alt: 465 PS - 459 hp (342 kW
  • Max speed: 222 mph (357 km/h) at 8,530 ft (2,600 m)
  • Range: 416 mi (670 km
  • Ceiling: 27,550 ft (8,400 m
  • Climb rate: 1,640 ft/min (8.3 m/s
  • Loading: 21.3 lb/ft² (103.9 kg/m²
  • Power/mass: 0.053 hp/lb (86.6 W/kg
  • Armament: 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns mounted in the wing roots, firing forward, 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine gun in dorsal position, flexible mount, firing rearwards and 1 optional 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 in rear cone, flexible mount, firing rearwards,[N 1] plus 4 × 50 kg (110 lb) bombs

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Notes[]

  1. In later versions, MG 15 were replaced with 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 81Z twin-barrel machine gun

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