Monday, 5 August 2013

Focke-Wulf Fw 189

Top and centre: slightly blurred but rather interesting photos of a Focke-Wulf Fw 189 A twin-engine tactical reconnaissance aircraft performing a low-level fly-past for the benefit of an unknown photographer.

Bottom: detail enlargement of second photo reveals what is likely a yellow fuselage band, along with hints of the aircraft's markings. Camouflage appears to be standard 70/71/65.

These images are part of a small selection of photographs depicting Luftwaffe training operations during the Second World War. Besides the above Fw 189 A, they show various individuals and Arado Ar 66, Focke-Wulf Fw 44, and Focke-Wulf Fw 58 aircraft. Unfortunately, in spite of the number of photos, it seems difficult to pinpoint exact location of the above scene. A determination of the exact date is equally difficult, as the photos appear to have been taken over an extended time period. (Fischer collection)

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Arado Ar 76 Control Surfaces

Control surfaces of the Arado Ar 76 parasol-wing lightweight fighter/trainer, as featured in Das Flugzeug - Dritte Auflage [The Aircraft - Third Edition], edited by Theo E. Sönnichsen, published by Richard Carl Schmidt & Co., Berlin, Germany, 1942.

Top image provides rear view indicating aileron [Querruder], landing flap [Landeklappe], vertical tail [Seitenflosse], rudder [Seitenruder], trim tab [Bügelkante], horizontal stabiliser [Höhenflosse] and elevator [Höhenruder].

Centre image shows overview of control surfaces. Top: control column [Steuerknüppel], pilot's seat [Führersitz], vertical tail [Seitenflosse], rudder [Seitenruder], elevator [Höhenruder], and horizontal stabiliser [Höhenflosse]. Bottom: aileron [Querruder], trim tab [Bügelkante], elevator [Höhenruder], and horizontal stabiliser [Höhenflosse], landing flaps [Landeklappen], and control column [Steuerknüppel].

Lower image shows schematic of controls, indicating rudder pedal [Seitensteuerpedal], control column for pitch and roll control [Steuerknüppel für Höhen- u. Quersteuerung], vertical tail [Seitenflosse], rudder [Seitenruder], trim tab [Bügelkante], horizontal stabiliser [Höhenflosse] and elevator [Höhenruder]. (Fischer collection)