German Industry's "Swan Song" Craft

Germany's aircraft industry, even while in its death throes, came up with two additional new fighters, and one modification. The modification was the FW-190D, a Focke-Wulf 190 equipped with a 2,000-hp-plus Junkers 213 engine enclosed in a long cowling. With addition of that long nose, constructors had to lengthen the fuselage some 3' and add considerably to the vertical tail surfaces to maintain stability.

This new type, existence of which was definitely confirmed, is distinct from FW-390 with the DB-603 engine, of which apparently only one prototype had been constructed.

Dornier had been testing a new fighter, with two engines in tandem, known as the DO-335, and in appearance very similar to the Fokker D-23. The pilot sits between the engines in a central nacelle — an undesirable position in crash landings, as was found in the D-23, which saw some military action when the Nazis appropriated a number of them in Holland in 1940.

Other new fighter is a jet-powered plane — the Arado AR-234. It went into action against the AAF, but little had been divulged about it at this writing.

This news clip was originally published in the "Aviation Abroad" column in the May, 1945, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 44, no 5, p 219.