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Aircraft Under Restoration

Focke-Wulf Fw-190

This Focke-Wulf Fw-190 was initially restored by Flug Werks in Munich, Germany and is a most generous gift of Dr. Thomas Summer of Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Summer spent over 4 years supervising the initial Flug Werks restoration work on this Fw-190. This amazing aircraft has been painted to represent the mount of Germany's Major Heinz Barr who was credited with 221 aerial victories. The restoration staff at the Tri-State Warbird Museum will complete the assembly of the Fw-190.

The Fw-190 is widely regarded as Germany's best single engine fighter of World War II. Comparable to the American P-51D Mustang and the British Spitfire MkIX, the Fw-190 entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1941 and operated continuously through several production variants until the end of the war. The Fw-190 was the work of a team of German designers under the direction of Chief Designer Kurt Tank and was specified as a supplement to the Messerschmidt Me-109 (Bf-109), then the only single engine German front line fighter. Powered by a BMW801 14 cylinder, twin-row air cooled radial engine producing 1700 horsepower the Fw-190 could reach speeds of over 400mph with a service ceiling of 37,000 feet and a range of 550 miles. Production versions were equipped with four wing mounted 20mm cannons and two 13mm machine guns firing through the propeller. Later versions used two 20mm cannons and two 30mm cannons and a limited number were equipped as "tank killers" with a downward firing 75mm cannon mounted in the left wing.

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FG-1D Corsair

Corsair The Corsair was the first carrier aircraft which could outfight the best fighters that the Japanese employed during World War II. It was also the first radial engine fighter to exceed 400mph at level flight. The U.S. Navy had initially prohibited the Corsair from carrier operations, however the British Fleet Air Arm demonstrated the Corsair could be effectively employed as a carrier-based fighter by incorporating a curving landing pattern which enabled pilots to keep the flight deck in sight. The U.S. Navy adopted this flight technique and employed the Corsair as a carrier-based aircraft midway through the war. By war's end, the Corsairs had flown 64,041 sorties with 2,140 confirmed enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat (including many more destroyed on the ground) with a loss of 189.

The FG-1D Corsair is the Goodyear manufactured version of the F4U-1D, powered by a Pratt-Whitney R-2800-8W engine and delivering 2,250hp. The top speed of the aircraft was 425mph with a range of 1,015 miles and a ceiling of 37,000 feet. The Corsair was armed with six .50 caliber machine guns and 2,000 pounds of bombs or rockets under the wings.

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