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
Ah, the good old days. ;DHumor 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!
Excuse me if this comes off as rude, but perhaps you should read up more on the aircraft in question? A brief timeline of the related designs: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.
The Focke-Wulf TO was an aircraft made to fit the new 1938 Lufthansa specification for a commercial/transport aircraft to carry passengers and cargo non-stop from Frankfurt am Main to New York. Here's some more info from Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Strategic Bombers 1935-1945 by Dieter Herwig and Heinz Rode, the selected information is on page 25 (the picture was taken with my phone, so apologies if it is poor in quality, I'll gladly retake it if you'd like):hesham said:Hi Spicy,
can I ask you what was Focke-Wulf TO ?.
Actually, it was obvious that the Ta 400 would not be a worthwhile aircraft even by 1943.SpicyJuan said:Excuse me if this comes off as rude, but perhaps you should read up more on the aircraft in question?
The RLM certainly didn't think so as they cancelled the functioning, excellent, and most importantly flying Me 264 in favor of the Ta 400 and He 277 paper projects.lastdingo said:Actually, it was obvious that the Ta 400 would not be a worthwhile aircraft even by 1943.
That's all nice but the Ta 400 was built from a requirement from January 1942, besides a general discussion of German strategic bombers is not really relevant to this thread, as the purpose of this thread is to first and foremost talk about the design influences of the Ta 400, its technical details, and how it compares to its contemporaries.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.
All correct, but just a slight nitpick, the He 177B was bound to be produced quickly, the He 277 a little later.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.
All nice but not relevant to the Ta 400 specifically.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.
All bombers are dead meat without escorts.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.
RLM cancelled in October of '43, after that it was a private venture by Tank.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.
Or the fact that the design was submitted before Kursk and Fw engineers had enough work to guarantee their job security with the Fw 190, Ta 152, and Ta 183.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.
You mean the tail gunner position? The report says it's a manned Borsig HL 131 V turret with 4 x MG 131.Wurger said:Thank you so much for the input. Does the accompanying text (if there is one, as usual) mentions the remote control stations? That battery of 2x2 Mk108`s would be smashing...