Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000

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Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000
Focke-Wulf 1000x1000x1000 b.jpg
Fw 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, 13 kN (2,900 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, 13 kN (2,900 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, 13 kN (2,900 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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