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Focke-Wulf Project VI

Fw Project VII Flitzer
Wartime model of the Project VII design
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
Status Unfinished project
Number built One mock-up built and a few prototype sub-assemblies completed[1]

The Focke-Wulf Project VII Flitzer ("streaker" or "dasher", sometimes incorrectly translated as "madcap") was a jet fighter under development in Germany at the end of World War II.

Development

The design began as Focke-Wulf Project VI which had a central fuselage and two booms carrying the rear control surfaces having great similarity with the de Havilland Vampire.[2] Project V had the air inlets still positioned on either side of the nose, just below the cockpit.[3]

The estimated horizontal speed was not satisfactory and in the next development, Project VII, the jet intakes were situated in the wing roots. Further improvements over Project VI were a narrower fuselage and a changed pilot's canopy. In order to improve the rate of climb, a Walter HWK 109-509 liquid rocket was built-in. In spite of the fact that a complete mock-up was built and all construction and assembly plans finished, the aircraft was not accepted by the RLM (Reich Air Ministry, or Reichsluftfahrtministerium).[4]

Specifications (design draft of 15 September 1944)

Data from

General characteristics
  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 10.55 m (34 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 2.35 m (7 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 17.0 m2 (183 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2,730 kg (6,018 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,350 kg (9,589 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW 003 turbojet, 14.7 kN (3,306 lbf) thrust
1 × Walter HWK 109-509 rocket, 16.7 kN (3,750 lbf) thrust

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 955 km/h (593 mph)
  • Endurance: 1 hours  50 min
  • Service ceiling: 13,000 m (42,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 18.2 m/s (3,600 ft/min)
Armament
  • 2 × 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 103 cannons
  • 2 × 20 mm MG 151 cannons
  • Bibliography

    References

    External links

    • Proyectos inconclusos de la aeronáutica alemana de la S.G.M. (In Spanish)
    • Lufwaffe Projects (In Russian)
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