FW 200 Condor

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  1. carman1877

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    Need good pictures or videos of the Condor I couldnt find to may on search engines. Any interesting facts always wanted.

    Also did it ever srafe targets? Pictures or videos if you can

    Thanks
     
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    There is a new book coming out very soon on it.
     
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    I wonder why the FW 200 condor wasn't used during the Battle of Britain. Did it not operate well at high altitudes?
     
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    the book has already been published via Ian Allan/Classic Publications

    go pick up a copy, also a couple of you tube vids are in place for your enjoyment as well

    check old book dealers for other books on the big K, use amazon it is your friend
     
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    That might be it, but it also might be because it was primarily designed for maritime duties. It also may not have had a very good net effectiveness. I mean this by that the Fw-200 could carry 3,000kg of bombs while much smaller aircraft such as the Ju-88 and He-111 could carry 3,600kg (overload) and 2,500kg respectively. It may not have been as cost effective to use a four engined bomber that could carry almost as much as two engined bombers could. Just a theory, maybe some more knowledgable people can chime in.
     
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    Thanks Everybody, and that video helped to clear everything up. Flyboy thanks for the torpedo answer.
     
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    #8 vikingBerserker, May 27, 2009
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    it could NOT carry a torpedo by the way. the unit KG 40 bombed shipping as well as strafed as much of the decking of Allied ships as possible once it flew over the intended target to keep the AA gunners down if at all possible. also it was a rarity to see two Kondors anywhere close to one another in flight or on the attack, primarily if at all possible to fly out of the sun low or even low over the white caps in foul weather

    you best bet for answers is focus on composing a library and not depend on the net.
     
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    Never heard of them carrying a standard topedo, only bombs, mines, and missles. I'd heard of some tests on special guided torpedos (Henschel IIRC) - not sure if that what being thought of.
     
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    "The scourge of the Atlantic"

    I imagine a convoy would of shat themselves when they saw a Condor above!
     
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    G'day VB. The first photo in your post above is a Junkers Ju-290.

    Some artwork by Mike Bradrocke for AE No.67.

    From top to bottom;
    200C-3
    200C-4
    200C-4/U1-U2
    200C-4/U3
    200C-6
    200C-8/U10.

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    Fantastic info guys!
     
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    FYI
    in post #10 the first photo does not depict a Fw 200 C, but a Ju 290 A.
     
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    Everybody beat me to it!! :)

    I would venture a guess that at the time of BoB, the Luftwaffe still wasn't convinced about using heavy bombers w/ 4 engines. RIP General Wever.
     
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    #16 imalko, May 28, 2009
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    Structural weakness of Fw 200 design also must be considered. This aircraft was primarily designed as airliner and only later military version was developed as maritime recon-bomber. There was many times when Fw 200 broke her back on landing. I think that this is the main reason why this aircraft was never considered by the Luftwaffe as heavy bomber.
     
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    #18 Erich, May 28, 2009
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    correct Vikings pic is a late Ju 290A of FAGr 5, I have a couple of photos including full length fuselage shot in my base.

    the maritime recon was a joke and it is interesting that KG 40 was able to kick out as much success as they had. FAGr 5 took over armed recee but was not really in the attack mode but in surveliance only allowing the KM to use it's U-Boot force to it's fullest, at least that was what was proposed in theory. This indeed was one of the worst blunders of the war for the Third Reich as little to no working capabilities between the Luftwaffe and the Kreigmarine.

    Grame thanks for the schematics of the Kondor variants, although the C-6 depicted would of carried the FuG 200 "H" radar as standard

    E ~
     
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    The biggest asset the Condor had was its range. It could track the convoys so the U-Boats and surface ships could attack.
     
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    but it was not enough this is reason why FAGr 5 although in too limited numbers replaced the KG 40 units Fw 200's on the maritime recon role
     
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