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Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito)


Night Fighter Aircraft (1944)


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Left side profile illustration view of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito night-fighter; color
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Straight-om front view of the Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Mosquito night-fighter
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Left side 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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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.
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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1944

Origin
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Nazi Germany

Crew
2

Production
9
UNITS


Focke-Wulf - Germany
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.


Length
39.7 ft
(12.10 m)
Width/Span
52.5 ft
(16.00 m)
Height
11.5 ft
(3.50 m)
MTOW
18,188 lb
(8,250 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) production variant)
Installed: 2 x Junkers Jumo 211F 12-cylinder inverted-Vee liquid-cooled piston engines.
Max Speed
395 mph
(635 kph | 343 kts)
Ceiling
34,449 ft
(10,500 m | 7 mi)


♦ 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


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Focke-Wulf Ta 154 Moskito (Mosquito) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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)


Supported Types


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(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0


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.


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