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Focke-Wulf Ta 183 "Huckebein"


    Engine: 1x Junker Jumo 004 turbojet making 1,962 lb of thrust (V-1) / 1x Heinkel He S 011 turbojet making 2,865 lb of thrust (V-2) onwards
    Wing Span: 10 m
    Length: 9.20 m
    Height: 3.86 m
    Weight: Empty 2,980 kg / Loaded 5,100 kg
    Maximum Speed: 962 km/h
    Ceiling: 14,000 m
    Range: 2,150 km
    Crew: 1
    Armament: 4x 30mm cannons / 1x 500kg bomb
In 1944 Kurt Tank proposed the Ta 183 (to replace the Flitzer) for a contender for the German Air Ministry's emergency fighter specification, which called for a fighter, powered by the HeS 011A turbojet be able to operate with the Me 262, but using less premium resources to make. The Ta 183 was accepted in February 1945, an order for a prototype was given at the beginning of March 1945. The Ta 183 V1 was to use the Junkers Jumo 004 turbojet, as the He S 011 was still not ready for use. The first flight was scheduled for May/ June 1945. On the 8/4/1945 Allies captured Focke-Wulf's design department, none the less work on the prototype did go on, but the Ta 183 V1 was never finished by the war's end
Dr Kurt Tank did how ever continue with the Ta 183 in Argentina from 1947, the aircraft was the "Pulqui II" it's first flight being on the 27/6/1950. Only six aircraft were made, but the program was canceled in 1954, when Dr Tank left to work for the Indian government
The Pulqui II
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