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Focke-Wulf Fw 300

Focke-Wulf Fw 300

Manufacturer: Focke-Wulf
Designed by: Kurt Tank
Status: proposal
Primary user: Luftwaffe (intended)
Number built: 0
Developed from: Focke-Wulf Fw 200

The Focke-Wulf Fw 300 was a proposed very-long-range civil airliner, transport, reconnaissance aircraft and anti-ship aircraft designed by Focke-Wulf in 1941 and 1942. The design was intended to replace the Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Kondor.

Design and development

The proposed Fw 300 had an all-metal airframe, a low-wing cantilever configuration, and a pressurized fuselage. Space was provided for up to 50 passengers in individual compartments. The landing gear was retractable. Four wing-mounted piston engines were proposed to drive the aircraft. Two engine candidates were:

The Junkers Jumo 222, a 24-cylinder engine (six inline banks of four cylinders each, arranged in a radial configuration around the crankshaft), rated at 1,864 kW (2,500 hp), which in the event never proceeded to the production stage during the course of the war;
The Daimler-Benz DB 603, a 12-cylinder inverted-vee engine rated at 1,342 kW (1,800 hp).

Both engines were liquid-cooled.

In the proposed military configuration, the eight-man crew were to have been enclosed in one pressure cabin and the defensive gun armament operated remotely. For anti-ship missions, it would have carried guided missiles.

Design work continued during the first years of the war, but were shelved as the need for long-range bombers or other long-range efforts diminished and other priorities emerged. A prototype was never completed.

Specifications (proposed)

General characteristics

Crew: Eight
Length: 32.2 m (105 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 46.2 m (151 ft 6 in)
Height: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Wing area: 277 m (2,980.5 ft)
Loaded weight: 47,500 kg (104,720 lb)
Powerplant: 4x Junkers Jumo 9-222 or Daimler-Benz DB 9-603E, 1,864 kW (2,500 hp [Jumo]) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 635 km/h (395 mph)
Range: 9,000 km (29,528 ft)

Armament

12 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons in six twin turrets

Related development

Focke-Wulf Fw 200
Focke-Wulf Ta 400

Comparable aircraft

Junkers Ju 290

Herwig, Dieter and Rode, Heinz. Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Strategic Bombers 1935-45. Midland Publishing Ltd., 2000. ISBN 1-85780-092-3.

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