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Focke-Wulf Ta 154
Focke-Wulf Ta 154

Crew 2
First flight
Entered service
Length 12.55 m
Wingspan 16.30 m
Height 3.60 m
Wing area 31.40 m²
Empty 6,600 kg
Maximum takeoff 9,950 kg
Engine 2 × Junkers Jumo 211N liquid-cooled V12 engine
Power (each) 1,066 kW 1,450 hp
Maximum speed 615 km/h
Cruising speed
Range 1,400 km
Ceiling 9,500 m
Rate of climb 15 m/s

The Focke-Wulf Ta 154 “Moskito” was a twin engine multirole aircraft, which was developed by the German Air Force at the end of World War II. It was primarily designed to be a “Schnellbomber” (“Fast bomber”a high speed bomber), but later its design was changed into a Day- and Nightfighter, but it was also thought about using it for reconnaissance roles. But finally it was used as a Nightfighter. The aircraft was based on the British de Havilland Mosquito. Like on the Mosquito, the fuselage and the wings of the Ta 154 were wooden made. This was done to conserve metal, and to make the best use of skilled wood workers. The final design was 57% wood, 30% steel and 13% other materials. The first flight of the Ta 154 V1 took place on 1st July 1943, with Test pilot Hans Sander flying the aircraft on 7th July. About 30 to 50 aircraft were built (including all variants and prototypes), depending on the source.

On 14th August 1944, production of the Ta 154 was stopped by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM), to produce the Do 335, so that at least only small numbers of Ta 154 were used by the Nightfighter squadrons at the end of the War