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Focke-Wulf Super Lorin


Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept


Nazi Germany | 1945



"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."



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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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept.
1 x Rocket Engine for initial thrust with 2 x Lorin ramjet engines for cruising propulsion.
Propulsion
621 mph
1,000 kph | 540 kts
Max Speed
29,528 ft
9,000 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
404 miles
650 km | 351 nm
Operational Range
3,500 ft/min
1,067 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept.
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Crew
38.1 ft
11.60 m
O/A Length
24.9 ft
(7.60 m)
O/A Width
12,015 lb
(5,450 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
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Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin Rocket- / Ramjet-Powered Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft Concept .
PROPOSED:
2 x 30mm MK 108 cannons in nose.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin family line.
"Super Lorin" - Base Project Name
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Focke-Wulf Super Lorin. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Focke-Wulf - Nazi Germany
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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (621mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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