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Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)

Night Fighter Aircraft

Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)

Night Fighter Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Mokito might have played a more prominent role had production issues not derailed the project.
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ORIGIN: Nazi Germany
YEAR: 1944
MANUFACTURER(S): Focke-Wulf - Germany
PRODUCTION: 9
OPERATORS: Nazi Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 39.70 feet (12.1 meters)
WIDTH: 52.49 feet (16 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.48 feet (3.5 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 18,188 pounds (8,250 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Junkers Jumo 211F 12-cylinder inverted-Vee liquid-cooled piston engines.
SPEED (MAX): 395 miles-per-hour (635 kilometers-per-hour; 343 knots)
CEILING: 34,449 feet (10,500 meters; 6.52 miles)




ARMAMENT



2 x 30mm MK108 cannons (in fuselage sides)
2 x 20mm MG151 cannons (in fuselage sides)
1 x 30mm MK108 cannons (in upper rear fuselage)
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Ta 154 - Base Series Designation
• Ta 154-1 - Initial Production Model Designation; only 9 total production models completed.
• Ta 154A-O/U-1 - Night Fighter Prototype Designation; fitted with specialized radar equipment.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) Night Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/26/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Ta 154 Moskito ("Mosquito") was another product of the Focke-Wulf aircraft design firm operating for the Third Reich. The design was classified as a night fighter and appeared most promising until a series of delays and losses to the first two production aircraft effectively canceled any other future orders. As such, the Ta 154 remained a study into the Luftwaffe aircraft of the "What Might Have Been" mold.

The Ta 154 was of a twin-engine design, fielded with Junkers Jumo 211F 12-cylinder inverted-Vee liquid-cooled engines driving three-blade propellers. The fuselage was of a most basic design with a single rudder element in the tail section. A basic landing gear assembly was used and the as much of the aircraft as possible was constructed of wood to counter the low supplies of valuable wartime metals. Crew accommodations amounted to two, a pilot and a radio-operator to his rear. Armament was impressive, with twin 30mm MK108 cannons and twin 20mm MG151 cannons mounted on either side of the fuselage. Additionally, the Ta 154 Moskito was fitted with a single 30mm cannon in the upper part of the fuselage and was of the MK108 variety.

The Ta 154 did achieve operational status albeit in a severely limited capacity, operating with at least two German air groups. Nevertheless, the system suffered from the drawbacks inherent in fighting a losing war. As such, the potential of the Ta 154 Moskito system would never be realized.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (395mph).

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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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