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Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (Flitzer)

Nazi Germany (1944)
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The Focke-Wulf Fw P.7 jet-and-rocket-powered fighter only reached the mock-up stage before the end of World War 2.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (Flitzer) Jet-and-Rocket-Powered Fighter Proposal.  Entry last updated on 5/26/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The situation in Germany during World War 2 was one that forced its aviation industry to continually supply solutions to counter growing Allied air superiority and the devastating day/night bombing campaigns. This provided something of a "clean canvas" approach for aviation engineers looking to make a name for themselves or further design theories. As turbojet technology progressed, this opened the door to some fantastic aircraft designs of which many never saw the light of day. The Focke-Wulf Fw "Flitzer" (meaning "Streaker" / "Flasher") became one of the war's forgotten fighter proposals, losing out to the Focke-Wulf's other product, the Ta 183 "Huckabein" by Hans Multhopp by the end. The Flitzer was also known under its project designation of "P.7" or "P.VII" for "Project Seven".

Design work on the fighter began during March of 1943 and was part of a greater Focke-Wulf company initiative to provide a single-seat, turbo-jet-powered solution for possible submission to the Luftwaffe. The earliest offering was known as Project VI ("P.6") which was more or less faithful to the P.7 - save for a slightly different canopy, fuselage, and air intake position. The resulting design utilized a centralized fuselage nacelle which blended into a swept-back wing mainplane assembly (swept at 32-degrees)). The cockpit was held under a canopy positioned aft of the nose cone with the planned turbojet engine installation at the rear. The single engine would be aspirated through a dual intake scheme which placed ports at each wing root. Control surfaces were located along the wing mainplane's trailing edges and a twin-boom configuration was selected that utilized stems emanating from near the midway point of the mainplanes and joined together at the rear by a single, high-mounted plane - producing a twin rudder approach. The undercarriage was to be all-wheeled and fully-retractable - a tricycle configuration proposed for a most modern appearance. As a fighter, proposed armament was 2 x 30mm MK 103 or MK 108 series cannons in the nose with 2 x 20mm MK 151/20 cannons in the wings (one per wing).

The initial design plan called for a combination propulsion arrangement - a Henkel HeS 011A turbojet paired with a Walter HWK 509 A-2 rocket engine. The rocket installation was intended to help produce a greater initial rate-of-climb for the fighter attempting to intercept incoming threats. Ultimately, the last revision of the aircraft featured only the turbojet engine.

Focke-Wulf engineers completed hand-held "free-flight" and wind tunnel models while a full-scale wooden mockup was ordered to help sell the product to German authorities. However, no amount of work on the product sold the idea for adoption as the P.VII was eventually given up by war's end - several other designs had already leaped ahead including the Ta 183 and the in-service Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" jet fighter. The P.VII did finish its mockup stage and saw finalized manufacture plans as well as a few assembly components completed.

Estimated performance figures of the P.VII fighter included a maximum speed of 593 miles per hour, a service ceiling of 42,500 feet, and a rate-of-climb of 3,600 feet-per-minute. Dimensions were a length of 34.6 feet, a wingspan of 26.2 feet, and a height of 7.7 feet.

It is interesting to note that the twin-boom approach was used to good effect by several British jet-powered aircraft to emerge after the war including the storied de Havilland "Vampire" - which closely mimicked the wartime German fighter proposal.


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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (593mph).

    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: 1944
Type: Jet-and-Rocket-Powered Fighter Proposal
Manufacturer(s): Focke-Wulf - Nazi Germany
Production: 0
Global Operators:
Nazi Germany
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (P.7) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
34.61 ft


Meters
10.55 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
26.25 ft


Meters
8 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
7.71 ft


Meters
2.35 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
6,019 lb


Kilograms
2,730 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
9,590 lb


Kilograms
4,350 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Heinkel HeS 011 turbojet engine developing 3,305 lb of thrust with 1 x Walter HWK 109-509A liquid rocket motor generating 3,750 lb of thrust.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
593 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
955 kph


Knots
516 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
466 mi


Kilometers
750 km


Nautical Miles
405 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
45,276 ft


Meters
13,800 m


Miles
8.57 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
3,600 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,097 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED STANDARD:
2 x 30mm MK 103 OR MK 108 cannons in nose
2 x 20mm MG 151/20 cannons in wings
Variants: Series Model Variants
• P.VII "Flitzer" ("Dasher") - Base Product Designation
• P.7 - Alternative Designation Form