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Focke-Wulf Super Lorin

Nazi Germany (1945)
Picture of Focke-Wulf Super Lorin Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept

Like so many other German Luftwaffe paper airplane projects of World War 2, the rocket-and-ramjet-powered Super Lorin interceptor failed to materialize before the end.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept.  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The "Super Lorin" stood as one of the many "paper airplane" projects undertaken by German aviation during World War 2 (1939-1945). The aircraft was being drawn up by engineers of the storied concern of Focke-Wulf (makers of the famous Fw 190 fighter) and appeared in the latter stages of the conflict as a possible fighter-interceptor solution. It was to utilize several advanced concepts of the time including swept-back wing surfaces and ramjet engine propulsion for cruising. Ramjets gained popularity during the war for their promised speeds though their key limitation lay in the inability to propel an aircraft from complete rest - as such ramjets required a primary form of assisted take-offs such as rocket power. Design of the Super Lorin is attributed to aviation engineer Heinz von Halen.

The Super Lorin utilized a stout, rounded fuselage with a bubble-style canopy over the nose. The nose also featured an intake to aspirate the rocket engine within, this installation required to help reach the ramjet's minimum take-over speed of around 150 miles per hour. The rocket sat in the belly of the machine and exhausted through a port under the tail unit. The wing mainplanes were set ahead of midships and featured considerable sweep along both the leading and trailing edges while being mid-mounted along the sides of the fuselage. The tail unit extended aft of the mainplanes and featured a single vertical fin as well as two upward-canted horizontal planes - each of these planes containing a ramjet engine installation at its tip. The ramjets were to be of an in-house Lorin-designed and developed solution. The close positioning of these engines to the body of the aircraft was intended to limit airflow disruptions and produce a more pleasing, aerodynamically refined shape. The undercarriage was all-wheeled and involve three legs (two main and one under the nose) in a tricycle arrangement, completely retractable within the body of the aircraft. With seating for one crew, the aircraft's proposed armament was 2 x 30mm MK 108 series autocannons which would have given the fast fighter a hefty punch against Allied bombers. The cannons were featured in mountings under the nose at either side of the rocket intake port. The only recorded dimensions of the aircraft were a length of 11.6 meters and a wingspan of 7.6 meters.

Like other Luftwaffe paper airplane projects, the Super Lorin was not constructed in any physical form before the end of the war for Germany in May of 1945. The aircraft was being designed alongside another Focke-Wulf fighter-interceptor - the Ta 283 (detailed elsewhere on this site) - which also did not see the light of day by the end.

Performance figures listed for this record are purely estimated by the author based on similar developments of the period.

Any available statistics for the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




General Assessment (BETA)
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Rating: 48 (of 100)
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (621mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Nazi Germany
Year: 1945
Type: Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept
Manufacturer(s): Focke-Wulf - Nazi Germany
Production: 0
Status: Cancelled
Global Operators:
Nazi Germany
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
38.06 ft


Meters
11.6 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
24.93 ft


Meters
7.6 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
12,015 lb


Kilograms
5,450 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Rocket Engine for initial thrust with 2 x Lorin ramjet engines for cruising propulsion.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
621 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
1,000 kph


Knots
540 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
404 mi


Kilometers
650 km


Nautical Miles
351 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
29,528 ft


Meters
9,000 m


Miles
5.59 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
3,500 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,067 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
2 x 30mm MK 108 cannons in nose.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• "Super Lorin" - Base Project Name