|Written by David Siddall|
|Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:30|
Following an 11-year rebuild by Don Hansen and his team at PAI Aero in Baton Rouge, Louisina, USA, Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 Werknr 173056/N4190 made its first post-restoration flight at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on October 9, with Messerschmitt Foundation test pilot Klaus Plasa at the controls. fighter was built at the Focke-Wulf plant at Marienberg in early 1944, and its wings and tail from a burial site at a railway yard in Reims, France, where it had been dumped after being stripped of parts by the retreating Germans.
The BMW 801 engine has been replaced by a Russian 850 h.p.Ash82N, as seen on the new-build Flug Werk FW 190s, and many other Flug Werk parts have been incorporated.
The aircraft has been painted in the markings of the Fw 190A-8 flown by 38-kill ace Oberstleutnant Hans Dortenman of 2./JG54, on the Eastern Front during 1944, scored 16 of his victories on the Eastern Front and 22 in the west. In late September 1944 he transitioned to the Fw 190D, and went on to become the highest-scoring pilot on the long-nosed variant, with 18 kills. He survived the war and died in April 1973This is just a taster — see December’s Aeroplane magazine for the full story.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:33|