Historical Writings of the combat aircraft of the two World Wars
When it was test-flown, it outsped the Messerschmitt Me109B by 50mph, (80km/h) despite the fact that it was almost double the weight and had twice the range!
The V3 included a more spacious, tandem-seat cockpit. The V3 had an armament of four MG 17s, the cannon being under the floor. It was faster than any fighter as of September 1939. Interest from official quarters was light, if not non-existant.
Only three A-0 pre-production Falkes were made. These were used in combat by an Industrie-Scgutzstaffel, defending the company works at Bremen. (Dipl-Ing Mehlhorn was reported to have scored several kills.) In the winter of 1940-41, the trio was loaned to a Jagdstaffel in Norway, where they were said to be much preferred to the Bf 110. But when the RLM heard of this, they were immediately recalled.
Why the Luftwaffe never noticed this flyer is unknown. When one thinks about it, it was probably better for the Allies that the Germans didn't.
Type: Zerstorer, heavy fighter
Engines: Two Junkers Jumo 210 inverted-vee-12 liquid cooled.
Performance: (A-0) Maximum Speed 326mph (525 km/h);
Empty weight: 8,157 lb (3 700 kg)
Loaded weight: 11,023 lb (5 000 kg)
Armament: Four 7.92mm MG 17 and two 20mm MG FF.
Span: 50 ft 2 1/3 in (15,30 m)
Length: 36 ft 6 in (11,12 m)
Height: 12 ft 7 2/3 in (3,90 m)
Wing Area: 327.23 sq ft (30,40 m2)
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