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FW 190 F-8 I/SG2 Hungary, early 1945 (winter scheme)
General Background
In 1937 the Me-109 was an excellent aircraft but the Reich Air Ministry wanted a new advanced fighter that could out perform any future foreign designs. Kurt Tank’s Focke-Wulf Fw-190 Würger (Butcher Bird) won the design competition by using an air-cooled radial engine. When the Fw-190 entered combat in the summer of 1941 it already was Germany’s premiere piston-powered WWII fighter. Over 20,000 of all variants of the Fw-190 were built with 13,291 of these being of the 9 different “A” variants.
The Aircraft
By late 1944 the SG 2 units were forced to withdraw from Romania and set up bases in Hungary where they conducted air assaults on advancing Soviet armor and ground troops. From late 1944 to March 1945 SG 2 units flew over 1,000 sorties against Soviet troops and armor. By April 1945 the Soviets advance forced the SG units to leave Hungary with I./SG 2 fleeing to Austria. On May 8 facing certain capture SG 2 Kommodore Oberst Rudel decided to fly some aircraft to the west and surrender to the USAAF.
Specifications :
Dimensions: Wingspan – 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)
Wing Area – 18.3 m (197 sq ft)
  Length – 8.96 m (29 ft 5 in)
  Height – 3.96 m (13 ft)
Weight: Empty – 3,470 kg (7,650 lb)
  Maximum – 4,900 kg (10,800 lb)
Performance: Engine – BMW 801D 1,700 hp 14-cylinder radial engine
Maximum Speed – 657 kph (408 mph) (335 kts)
  Service Ceiling – 10,300 m (33,800 ft)
  Range – 800 km (500 mi) (435 nmi)
Armament: (2) 13 mm Machine Guns plus
  (4) 20 mm cannon or
  (2) 20 mm cannons plus
(2) 30 mm cannons