WHat was the point of an FW. 42

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  1. B-17engineer

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    Can anyone give me info (Serivice time, armament etc.) on the FW. 42 it definetly was a wierd design
     

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    It was never built...
     
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    After receiving mostly positive results with his F 19 and F 19a "Ente" (Duck) light transport aircraft, Focke proceeded to design a twin-engined "Ente" (Duck) bomber for the fledgling Luftwaffe in 1931. This aircraft went through several design changes (January 13, 1932 - December 25, 1933), mainly concerning the placement of the front horizontal tail (canard) and the rear vertical tail. The first design placed the forward canard above the fuselage, and there were two fins and rudders mounted on the each wing end, with two more fins along the wing trailing edge outboard of the engine nacelles. Windtunnel tests showed that directional stability was only slightly better with the four fins than a large single vertical fin and rudder. Therefore, the decision was made to go with the single large fin, due to the lower component cost and ease of construction. Also, the forward canard was moved down to the fuselage bottom, thus improving the pilot's view and the forward gunner's field of fire. On all versions, the fuselage was narrow and long, with open MG firing stations in the extreme nose and tail. Two BMW VIu 12 cylinder engines (750 horsepower for takeoff) were mounted beneath each wing, and were provided with a four bladed propeller of 3.8 m (12' 6") in diameter. The landing gear was retractable and the cockpit was located approximately mid-fuselage, with the forward fuselage stepped down in front of the cockpit. A crew of 6 was to man the Fw 42.
    A full sized mock-up was built for the Fw 42, which was equipped with MG stations and control units. It was visited by the Russians and/or Japanese, for possible export license or production purchases. Although good results were reported from the windtunnel tests, a construction contract was not issued, so all work ceased on the Fw 42, which would have certainly been one of the most unusual bombers ever constructed.
    As a historical note, almost the entire story of the Fw 42 would have been unknown except for a series of fortuitous events. In 1945, the Fw 42 file was forgotten in the evacuation of a shelter where Focke-Wulf had stored many of their documents. Moments later, this shelter was blown up in an attempt to hide any other data which could not be carried away. When the ruins of this shelter were being cleared 24 years later, Georg Graf zu Dohna, arranged with the excavators to pay attention in case anything of interest was uncovered. Incredibly enough, a file was soon uncovered which contained all the Fw 42 data, including photos and 12 windtunnel reports, and were almost completely undamaged, even though they had lain under the rubble for several decades!


    Focke-Wulf Fw 42 Dimensions Span
    (main wing) Span
    (canard) Length Height
    (overall) Height @
    forward fuselage Height @
    cockpit Wing Area
    (main wing) Wing Area
    (canard)
    25 m
    82' 9.25 m / 10.1 m
    30' 4" / 33' 2" 17.7 m
    58' 1" 4.3 m
    14' 1" 1.65 m
    5' 5" 2.35 m
    7' 9" 108 m²
    1162.5 ft² 15.1 m² / 17.3 m²
    162.5 ft² / 186.2 ft²


    Focke-Wulf Fw 42 Weights Empty Equipped Takeoff Bomb Load
    5600 kg
    12346 lbs 6500 kg
    14330 lbs 8500-9000 kg
    18739-19842 lbs 1000 kg
    2205 lbs


    Focke-Wulf Fw 42 Performances* Max. Speed Cruising Speed Landing Speed Ceiling Range
    300-310 km/h
    186-193 mph 260 km/h
    162 mph 85 km/h
    53 mph 5000-6000 m
    16404'-19685' 1200-1800 km
    746-1118 miles

    * Performance information from two different sources
    are included, as they differ appreciably

    Focke-Wulf Fw 42 Models There are no scale models of the Fw 42


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    The F 19a "Ente" (Duck) light transport aircraft, built in late 1930. Although it had an unblemished flying record, no production orders were recieved, and the only example was used as a test vehicle by the DVL at Berlin-Adlershof until 1939. The forward canard is similar to the first design of the Fw 42.
     
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    These are more diagrams
     

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    It was never built....

    Most likely it would never have been built anyhow.
     
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    O it was definetly a wierd design.......
     
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