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Blohm and Voss Bv P.196

Nazi Germany (1946)
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The Blohm and Voss P.196 project was essentially a completely rewritten Bv 141 - made more conventional so as to sway the German Air Ministry.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Blohm and Voss Bv P.196 Jet-Powered Ground-Attack / Ground-Support Aircraft Proposal.  Entry last updated on 1/11/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Blohm & Voss failed to sell the German Luftwaffe on the idea of their asymmetric Bv 141 aircraft as a ground-attack platform. The service had long been searching for a replacement for their Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bombers and few challengers arose. The Bv 141 was simply too "different" in the scope of the war, seating its crew in a starboard side nacelle while keeping the engine and tail unit attached to an unmanned fuselage along portside. In testing the aircraft performed as designed and handling was good, enough to warrant production of some twenty of the type as tactical reconnaissance aircraft. The design was attributed to Dr. Richard Vogt.

Vogt then redrew the Bv 141 into a more conventional offering for the ground-support role as the P.196. This aircraft exhibited a traditional twin-boom arrangement and was to be powered by a pair of turbojet engines (2 x BMW 003 turbojets of 2,425lb thrust each). The engine nacelles were paired and mounted under the cockpit. The cockpit was given a bubble-style canopy for excellent vision and set just aft of a short nosecone assembly. The booms protruded s short distance ahead of the wing leading edges and passed through the trailing edges, joined by a single horizontal plane at the rear. Each boom end was given a vertical fin.

A bomb load of 2 x 1,100lb would have been carried. Each bomb would have been carried within the forward sections of the tail booms. There is also mention of a four-cannon armament scheme fitted to the nose.

The position of the jet nacelles made it such that a tricycle undercarriage could not be fitted. This left the design to reply on an unorthodox version of the tried-and-true tail-dragger arrangement. The single-wheeled main legs were fitted near the frontal section of the booms and retracted towards the wing roots. The smaller tailwheels were left to retract into their respective tail boom housings at the rear. The aircraft would therefore have a four-point stance while ground-running - born of necessity. Power was slated to come from a pair of BMW 003 series turbojets of unknown thrust output.

German Air Ministry officials were not interested in the project and the P.196 fell to history. Other aircraft went on to carry out the ground-attack /-support role into the waning weeks of the war.

Specifications and aircraft dimensions on this page are estimated on the part of the author.

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Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (454mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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Origin: Nazi Germany
Year: 1946
Type: Jet-Powered Ground-Attack / Ground-Support Aircraft Proposal
Manufacturer(s): Blohm and Voss - Nazi Germany
Production: 0
Global Operators:
Nazi Germany (cancelled)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Blohm and Voss Bv P.196 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
52.49 ft


Meters
16 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
65.62 ft


Meters
20 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
13.78 ft


Meters
4.2 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
17,637 lb


Kilograms
8,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
26,455 lb


Kilograms
12,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x BMW 003 turbojet engines developing 2,425lb of thrust each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
454 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
730 kph


Knots
394 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
646 mi


Kilometers
1,040 km


Nautical Miles
562 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
32,808 ft


Meters
10,000 m


Miles
6.21 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,900 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
579 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
4 x Cannons fitted to the nose assembly.

2 x 1,100lb conventional drop bombs (or similar) held in tail boom sections.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• P.196 - Base Project Designation