Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000

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Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000
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Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000 B
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
Designer H. von Halem and D. Küchemann
Status Terminated by end of war
Number built None

Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000, also known as Focke-Wulf Fw 239,[1] was a twin-jet bomber project for the Luftwaffe designed by the Focke-Wulf aircraft manufacturing company during the last years of the Third Reich.

Their designation meant that these bombers would be able to carry a 1000 kg bomb load to a distance of 1000 km at a speed of 1000 km/h ( 2,200 lb for 620 miles at 620 mph).

History[edit]

Focke-Wulf produced three different designs of the project that would have been powered by two Heinkel HeS 011 turbojet engines. The innovative looking series of jet bombers was designed by H. von Halem and D. Küchemann.[2] The project was cancelled owing to the surrender of Nazi Germany.

Variants[edit]

The Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000 project had three different variants. All of them were twin jet bombers that would be powered by two Heinkel-Hirth He S 011 turbojets.

Fw 1000x1000x1000 A[edit]

Jet-powered bomber project that looked quite conventional. It had thin wings swept back at 35 degrees.[3]

Data from Herwig & Rode[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 14.2 m (46 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.65 m (41 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.75 m (12 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 27 m2 (290 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 8,100 kg (17,857 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Heinkel-Hirth He S 011 Turbojet engines, 1,300 kN (290,000 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (621 mph; 540 kn)
  • Range: 2,500 km (1,553 mi; 1,350 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 13,500 m (44,291 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: None
  • Bombs: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)

Fw 1000x1000x1000 B[edit]

A flying wing design with a small fuselage containing the cockpit and the front undercarriage wheel.[5]

Data from Herwig & Rode[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 2.75 m (9 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 55 m2 (590 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 8,100 kg (17,857 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Heinkel-Hirth He S 011 Turbojet engines, 1,300 kN (290,000 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,060 km/h (659 mph; 572 kn)
  • Range: 2,500 km (1,553 mi; 1,350 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 14,000 m (45,932 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: None
  • Bombs: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)

Fw 1000x1000x1000 C[edit]

A twin jet bomber project with a crew of three quite similar to the Fw 1000x1000x1000 A with a wingspan of 12.65 m and a length of 14.2 m.[6]

Data from Herwig & Rode[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: three
  • Length: 14.2 m (46 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.65 m (41 ft 6 in)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Heinkel-Hirth He S 011 Turbojet engines, 1,300 kN (290,000 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (621 mph; 540 kn)
  • Range: 2,500 km (1,553 mi; 1,350 nmi)

Armament

  • Guns: None
  • Bombs: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fw 239 (Projekt)
  2. ^ Karl-Heinz Ludwig, Technik und Ingenieure im Dritten Reich. Athenäum-Verlag, Königstein/Ts., 1979, ISBN 3761072198
  3. ^ Fw 1000x1000x1000 A - Luft'46
  4. ^ a b c Dieter Herwig & Heinz Rode, The Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Ground Attack & Special Purpose Aircraft. Midland Counties Publ. ISBN 978-1857801507, page 150-51
  5. ^ Fw 1000x1000x1000 B - Luft'46
  6. ^ Fw 1000x1000x1000 C - Luft'46

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