Fw 57 Focke-Wulfs Zerstörer

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In 1934 the Requirement for the Kampfzerstörer/Zerstörer was placed by the RLM.
This new type of plane was to be a heavy multirole twinengine plane with cannon armarment and a bomb bay.
Of the originally 7 requested companys only 3 (Bf, Fw and Hs) answered of which the Bf 110 won in the end. However this suggestion if on the Fw 57.

The Fw 57 was a twin engine all metal monoplane with a single fin at the end, retractable landing gear and a crew of 3.

Only 3 prototypes were build (V1-V3) which were rather unique compared to the competition as they didnt have a singe 7,92 mm Mg, but instead 3x 20 mm Mg FF, 2x in the nose and 1x in the Mauser electric dorsal turret.

In game it would give a new and somewhat powerfull but with limited ability plane to the lower ranks. Beeing unique in designe (compared to other german planes), showing the historical development and while beeing rather slow having great armarment

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Focke-Wulf Fw.57

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 (pilot, navigator and gunner)
  • Length: 16.4 m
  • Wingspan: 25 m
  • Height: 4.1 m
  • Wing area: 73.5 m²
  • Empty weight: 6,814 kg
  • Gross weight: 8,317 kg
  • Powerplant: Daimler-Benz DB 600A V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engines, 679 kW (911 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propellers

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 404 km/h at 3,000 m
  • Cruise speed: 374 km/h
  • Service ceiling: 9,100 m

Armament

  • Guns: 3x 20 mm MG FF (2x in the nose (360 rounds) and 1x in a Mauser electric dorsal turret (240 rounds))
  • Bombs: 600 kg of bombs (SC 250, AB 250 and more)

Source:
Herwig, D and H. Rode. Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Ground Attack & Special Purpose Aircraft
Wagner, Ray and Heinz Nowarra. German Combat Planes: A Comprehensive Survey and History of the Development of German Military Aircraft from 1914 to 1945
Green, William. Warplanes of the Third Reich

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