Germans had a "fly till you die" policy. Erich Rudorffer, flew over 1,000 missions and was shot down sixteen times. Weapon of choice FW109, 222 kills! Non-German, Walter Novotny, Austria, 258 KIA 1944. Me 109 pilots had more kills on the board. Keep into consideration the German kills had to be confirmed by another pilot to be accepted. I think FW 190 pilots actually had more kills that never got confirmed.
Remember the Bf109 pilots had seen more action than the FW pilots I would say. The Spanish Civil War proved to be a good training ground for 109's. The F series could do better than most, quick rolls and a split-s to make a pommie's heart stop! Most articles I have read this fact jumps out at you. Trying to intercept someone is totally different from an all out attack! If the FW BMW combination had been more evolved at the start of WW2 the big story would have been different. Very powerful. It's like comparing Thunderbolts with Mustangs I believe.
Early models could reach 20 000ft faster than Spit V's, 450 ft/min better up to 25,000' Later longer bodied versions missed the point, although they looked good.
Span: 34 ft. 5 1/3 in.
Length: 33 ft. 5 1/4 in.
Height: 11 ft. 1/4 in.
Weight: 10,670 lbs. combat-loaded
Armament: Two 20mm MG 151 cannons in wings and two 13mm MG 131 machine guns in nose
Engine: Junkers Jumo 213 of 2,240 hp. with methanol-water injection
Maximum speed: 426 mph.
Cruising speed: 280 mph.
Range: 520 miles
Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft.
Nice livery FW 190 D9's Papagei Staffel...
I like the FW more cause the Me looks wore like an ironing board when the gear is out! Check out BMW 802...I like experimentals and I'm always looking for latter versions of FW's. Night fighters with radar??? even Missiles...
just so everyone is aware the name Papegai Staffel is incoorect and was another after war name for a German unit. It was simply called the Würger staffel by the crews both in the high protective squadron if you want to call it that and by JV 44 pilots, many of them never even knew of the Fw Dora existence with the two units over a mile apart from each other at different field settings. One consideration behind this is that the JV 44 Me 262 pilots never saw the Doras in the air
photos are buried somewhere the a/c used by test unit/sabatoge KG 200. I have no idea where they may be. No profiles though. also a couple of pics of captured toys in Zirkus Rosarius but not sure where they are iether