Aeroplane Monthly 1993-08
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R.Beamont - Tangmere summer (1)
Captured Fw 190 MP499 at Farnborough in August 1942. The fighter was fitted with a 1,700 h.p. 14-cylinder twin-row BMW 801D radial engine.
An air-to-air view of a Focke-Wulf 190A-3, the variant flown by the author at Farnborough in 1943 and at Tangmere in 1945.
Captured Fw 190A-3 MP499, formerly Werknr 5313 with the Luftwaffe, was delivered into British hands at RAF Pembrey, South Wales, in June 1942 when Oberleutnant Arnim Faber landed it there. The aircraft is seen at Farnborough, where it was taken for evaluation and where the author flew it.
Captured Fw 190 MP499 at Farnborough in August 1942.
RAE chief test pilot Wg Cdr “Willie” Wilson taxies Fw 190 MP499 at Farnborough in 1943.
Faber’s Fw 190 soon after its capture at Pembrey, before the application of an RAF paint scheme over its Luftwaffe camouflage and markings.
Another Fw 190A-8 captured by American forces, and put on display as FE-117.
The cockpit of Fw 190 5313 / MP499 on show for The Aeroplane’s photographer at Farnborough in August 1942.
An Fw 190 captured by the Americans: F-8 variant Werknr 12043 fell into USAAF hands and was exhibited as FE-116.
A 616 Sqn Meteor I at Manston in August 1944. The author had his first experience of jet flight during that month in another of the squadrons Meteors, VQ-I.