The first War Aircraft Replicas half-scale Focke-Wulf 190 to fly outside of the USA. Registered G-WULF, it is based at Elstree and owned by S.B.V. Aero Services.
Our photograph, by HENRY ARTOF, depicts the half-scale Focke-Wulf FW190 designed and built by War Aircraft Replicas of California in 1973. Powerplant is a 1,600 c.c. Volkswagen engine developing 70 h.p.
Half-scale replica of Focke-Wulf 190 fighter built to WAR plans
If you can’t afford a full-size warbird, scale is the answer. Ivan Munninghoff’s half-scale FW-190, built from War Aircraft Replica plans, has a top speed of 180 m.p.h.
Mike Searle putting the scale FW190 G-WULF through its paces.
The finale of each day's flying was this flypast of three Spitfires, P-51, Bearcat, Pilatus P-2 and scale Fw 190, led by the B-17 Sally B.
One of the growing number of miniature World War Two fighters was this scaled-down Fw 190 fighter produced from WAR plans and kit.
The 20ft span 3/8 scale Fw190 preparing for its first flight on August 21, 1974. It was built by War Air Replicas of Santa Paula, California. The successful flight was made by Mira Slovak.
Although a very small aircraft, the half-scale 190 will comfortably accommodate a husky 6ft 4in pilot. The aircraft pictured here is a mock-up, but the makers plan to have a prototype flying this April.
Some idea is given of the very neat and compact installation of the engine, which will drive a near-scale three blade airscrew.
The first War Aircraft Replicas half-scale Focke-Wulf 190 to fly outside the USA made its maiden flight at Elstree, Hertfordshire, on December 1, 1979. Registered G-WULF and built and owned by S. B. V. Aero Services, the aircraft made a trouble-free maiden flight in the hands of W. H. “Bill” Bailey, on the photo, who has been responsible for the initial test flying. The Fw190 took 18 months to build, is fully aerobatic (+6g to -6g), and has a roll rate of 180° per sec and a maximum cruise speed of 145kt. The take-off and landing runs are both 700ft, and at the time of going to press three pilots had flown a total of nine hours on the aircraft. Although the basic airframe is wood, polyurethane foam and fibreglass are extensively used. The undercarriage is fully retractable
The panel contains genuine FW190 instruments.