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Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)


Night Fighter Aircraft


Nazi Germany | 1944



"The Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Mokito might have played a more prominent role had production issues not derailed the project."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/26/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
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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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) Night Fighter Aircraft.
2 x Junkers Jumo 211F 12-cylinder inverted-Vee liquid-cooled piston engines.
Propulsion
395 mph
635 kph | 343 kts
Max Speed
34,449 ft
10,500 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) Night Fighter Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
39.7 ft
12.10 m
O/A Length
52.5 ft
(16.00 m)
O/A Width
11.5 ft
(3.50 m)
O/A Height
18,188 lb
(8,250 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) Night Fighter Aircraft .
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
Notable series variants as part of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) family line.
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.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 9 Units

Contractor(s): Focke-Wulf - Germany
National flag of modern Germany National flag of Nazi Germany

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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (395mph).

Graph Average of 300 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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Production Comparison
9
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Straight-om front view of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Mosquito night-fighter
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Front left side view of an abandoned Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Mosquito night-fighter

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