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halcon51
01-01-2004, 07:41 AM
Did this plane really ship with a wooden prop as standard?

I have noticed after crashing that it doesn't bend, but splinters and has wood texture.

halcon51
01-01-2004, 07:41 AM
Did this plane really ship with a wooden prop as standard?

I have noticed after crashing that it doesn't bend, but splinters and has wood texture.

robban75
01-01-2004, 07:48 AM
Yes it did. Same for the Fw 190F-9 and all the D's. The wooden prop was lighter and during gear up landings the engine had a better chance not being damaged.

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DONB3397
01-01-2004, 08:22 AM
Makes sense, but I wasn't aware of that until FB came along. Did it have variable pitch?

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TexasGunslinger
01-01-2004, 10:01 AM
Yes, the wooden propellers had variable pitch.*

MiloMorai
01-01-2004, 11:29 AM
The Spit even used wooden props.

A prop hitting the ground hard enough to break it, was hard enough to do damage to the engine, especially the crankshaft.(engine running)

kyrule2
01-01-2004, 01:32 PM
The prop had a broader chord and was used to increase efficiency and climb rate. It was meant to improve the 190 as an interceptor. I believe it was "Pips" priller that had a special version backup plane that used this type (or something similar) of propeller even on his 190A-7. If he was sitting on the ground and spotted enemy planes he would jump in his backup plane and chase them down.

I think there is some debate as to whether or not they were all wooden, as non-wooden examples had been found on some F-9's and A-9's.

The A-9 was an excellent plane that is rarely mentioned. Its prop helped increase climb and its engine was significantly more powerful than the A-8. By its outward appearance it looked almost the same as the A-8 (I think the cooling fan on the TH/TS engine had two more blades) so it did not recieve much attention. I believe that due to this, and Germany's dire situation at the end of the war is the reason the A-9 was not known/appreciated more. Kurt Tank did not want to use an inline engine and the BMW-801F (originally intended for the A-9)that failed to see production was going to be even more powerful (2,400hp I believe).

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robban75
01-01-2004, 02:43 PM
If it wasn't for the RLM the Fw 190A-9(F-9) could have been avaliable quite a bit earlier than it was. Well, the powerplant anyways. Heck, if it hadn't been for the RLM's innability to make decisions the Ta 152 might have been rolling of the assembly lines in 1942 already. Good thing for us though!http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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