Saturday, 20 March 2010
Jet War Over The Baltic Sea 1945
A schwarme of Focke-Wulf Ta 183 Huckebein jet fighters form up over Denmark. The FW183 is a state of the art jet fighter with swept back wings allowing high speeds. Its advanced Heinkel turbojet powers the FW183 to 593mph on a single engine. Its range is usually too short to be a bomber escort except for the airwar over the Baltic in '45.
Here, an FW183 schwarme escorts Heinkel Hs132 jet dive bombers on a run out over the Skagerrak with 500kg bombs to attack a British covoy adding to the military build up in Oslo.
The Hs32 was capable of over 400mph in level flight with a full bomb load and 485mph empty. The pilot lay prone to withstand the enormous G when the plane pulled out of its dive. It also carried two 20mm or 30mm cannon for ground straffing or to fight its way past enemy fighters.
The models are Raiden Miniatures in 1/285 scale sourced from Dom's Decals in the UK.