Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-K Development, Testing, Production by Willy Radinger

By Willy Radinger

Because the Luftwaffe's typical fighter, starting in 1937 the Bf 109 used to be produced in huge numbers and after the outbreak of the second one international battle observed motion over each entrance. With this gentle, high-performance airplane Professor Willy Messerschmitt had created a ground-breaking layout. The Bf 109 needed to stay in non-stop improvement so one can hold speed with advances in Allied fighter layout. 1941 observed the arrival of the Bf 109 F, a basically more desirable model, which used to be quickly changed via the extra strong and higher armed Bf 109 G. The Bf 109 H high-altitude fighter reached a ceiling of 14,000 meters, and the Bf 109 ok, the main effective of the entire versions of this fighter plane, entered creation within the final yr of the battle. it is a whole precis of all models from the Bf 109 F to okay with many pictures, a few by no means ahead of released, and info.

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Suhr by the tail of his K-4, on whose rudder the Werknummer 334 210 may be seen. This aircraft has the short tailwheel, but it appears that the tailwheel recess doors for the long tailwheel are nevertheless present. /JG 3 at Pasewalk in March 1945. " Standing, from the left, Uffz. Zimmermann, Uffz. Massing, Gefr. Zitzmann, Lt. Walter, Uffz. Deskau and Uffz. Suhr; sitting, FhjFw. Gogler, a Luftwaffe Female Auxiliary and Uffz. Lehnen. Note the antenna wire which runs through the DF loop and is attached to the fuselage spine.

The vertical tail was insufficient for a production version! The lateral oscillations were uncomfortably high. Rudder effectiveness was poor, and, as mentioned, an enlargement of the entire vertical tail is necessary. 4 tons. 34 In the attempt to achieve an optimum high-altitude fighter the idea of installing a Jumo 213 A in the 109 was also discussed. Feldm. Milch on 29 October 1943, there was a lively debate concerning the expected performance and the considerable cost involved. But in the end no significant advantage could be seen for installing the Jumo 213 in the Me 109.

The wooden tail gave improved aerodynamics, however, it weighed 2 to 10 kilograms more for the same structural strength. The installation of the MK 108 required further important changes. The shape of the control stick had to be changed so that this weapon could be removed to the rear. As a result it was bowed to the right side. The entire rudder mechanism was redesigned on account of the ammunition box, now consisting largely of sheet steel. Dr. Bölkow reported, "that at the time a draftsman reworked the rough drawing from the Augsburg design bureau: but no examinations for stiffness were carried out.

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