The Focke-Wulf Fw-190 Würger, in its many variations was considered by many to be the Luftwaffe's best fighter plane. It makes anyone's list of the top ten fighters of the war, and makes most peoples' top five, in at least one of its models.
A captured Fw-190 was tested at Wright Field. While it was there, it provided the basis for a Design Analysis article in the October, 1944 issue of Aviation magazine [ PDF, 16.1 MiB ] , [ HTML ]. The PDF includes a short article on a Fw-190A3 and one on the BMW801A engine (in the power egg from a Do-217, but the engine is very similar to the version in the Fw-190 short-nose models), and a cutaway.
Being an Axis plane, the Fw-190 was not the subject of much coverage in American magazine articles. There were a few though:
- "Focke-Wulf FW-190A3" [ PDF, 1.1 MiB ] , [ HTML ] describes a Fw-190 captured in England.
- "Report from London" [ HTML ] has a short description and two photos (see below) of a captured Fw-190, probably the Fw-190A3 described in the article above.
- "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wulf?" [ HTML ] discusses the Fw-190 in some detail. Being from late 1942, when there wasn't all that much good news, the article downplays the effectiveness of the 190.
- "Design and Operation Of FW-190 Gear Retracting Unit" [ HTML ] describes the design and function of the Fw-190 landing gear actuating mechanism.
- A news clip from May, 1945, "German Industry's 'Swan Song' Craft" [ HTML ] mentions the Fw-190D, Do-335 and Ar-234. It still holds on to the FW-390 designation probably Fw-190C or Ta-152C.