Focke Wulf FW-190 A8 at the 2013 Hamilton ON Airshow.
The famous Luftwaffe radial engine FW 190 Würger (Shrike) was designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930’s. First flown in 1939, the “Butcher Bird” was first operational in 1941 and was superior to it’s prime opponent the RAF Spitfire in most areas of performance until the MK IX version was developed.
Along with the Bf 109, the Fw 190 was the backbone of the Luftwaffe, serving in day and night fighter, ground attack, and fighter-bomber. The museum’s plane is painted in the colors of “White 11”, the mount of ObLt Georg “Murr” Schott, Staffelkepiaen of 1./JG.
More than 20,000 planes were manufactured at eight different factories, and the A8 version was the most numerous variant. Some A8’s carried 30 mm cannons, an upgrade from the normal 20 mm weapons.
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