I have seen that there is some info about steam powered Me-264. But is there info about other projects like Ta-400? There should be a wind tunnel model ...
I suppose no, but me-261 could be was adapted for this role ! :ysi_maniac said:Did Germans design long range (much more range than a Bf-110) Escort Fighter
Humor is a part of life and the cartoon is actually a mid-1930s cartoon from a very old aviation rag...a U.S. one. Now we know the truth behind the numerous mid-1930s so-called USAAC Pursuit Missions, hah!
lastdingo said:One should understand most development projects 1944/45 were not about development of anything.
They were about having a justification for keeping employees away from military service (where they would die).
Today's enthusiasts take all those gun, tank and plane projects of late WW2 much too seriously.
hesham said:Hi Spicy,
can I ask you what was Focke-Wulf TO ?.
SpicyJuan said:Excuse me if this comes off as rude, but perhaps you should read up more on the aircraft in question?
lastdingo said:Actually, it was obvious that the Ta 400 would not be a worthwhile aircraft even by 1943.
lastdingo said:Germany was losing air superiority in the East during 1943.
It had lost air superiority in the West, at home, and in the Med already.
By mid-1943 the failure of the Battle of the Atlantic was obvious.
lastdingo said:The Me 264 had a substantial advantage in development time from the beginning.
4-engine derivations of the He 177 were bound to be available quickly if pursued.
lastdingo said:Fuel supply was known to be unsatisfactory by 1943. Only fuel efficient (short range) bombers made much sense.
A shortage of aircraft mechanics plagued the Luftwaffe in 1943 to the point that only the most efficient aircraft designs made sense.
lastdingo said:B-17 bombers were slaughtered without escorts over Germany in 1943, and the Ta 400's suitability against contemporary fighters (~1946/47) would have been abysmal.
lastdingo said:Finally, something you did not mention in your timeline: The Ta 400 was an active program not only in 1943, but in 1944 as well.
lastdingo said:The only thing that points against this being a project to keep development departments busy was the involvement of French engineers who wouldn't have been drafted anyway.
blackkite said:Hi! Wiki says that
"In response to the RLM guidelines of 22 January 1942, Kurt Tank of the Focke-Wulf company designed the Ta 400 as a bomber and long-range reconnaissance aircraft to be powered by six BMW 801D radial engines, to which two Jumo 004 jet engines were later added.The Ta 400 with DB 603 engines was estimated to have a range of 12,000 km (7,500 mi) in the reconnaissance role, cruising at 325 km/h (202 mph).
Length: 28.7 m (94 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 45.8 m (150 ft 3 in)
Gross weight: 60,000 kg (132,277 lb)
Powerplant: 6 × BMW 801D 14-cyl. air-cooled twin-row radial piston engines, 1,300 kW (1,700 hp) each
Powerplant: 2 × Junkers Jumo 004 turbojet engines, 8.8 kN (2,000 lbf) thrust each
Maximum speed: 720 km/h (447 mph; 389 kn)
Range: 9,000 km (5,592 mi; 4,860 nmi)
Guns: 10 × MG 151/20 in three twin turrets, Four mounted in tail turret. 2 × MG 131/20 in two remote-controlled turrets under the nose.
Bombs: 10,000 kg (22,000 lb) at 5,589 miles. 24,040 kg (53,000 lb) max.
Top and middle pictures shows Ta400 with two Junkers Jumo004 turbojet engines.
Bottom picture is also Ta400? This aircraft had six Jumo222 engine(without Jomo004 jet engine).
richard said:Thank you !
The civil Fw 300 is well known . I believe , there was a military Fw 300 too , with a glased nose . Am I right ?