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Focke-Wulf Fw 300
Role Civil Airliner, Transport, Recon
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.

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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.

  • The Junker Jumo 004, jet engine for the jet airliner version of fw 300 in post war for Argentina

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 m² (2,980.5 ft²)
  • Loaded weight: 47,500 kg (104,720 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4× Junkers Jumo 9-222 or Daimler-Benz DB 9-603E, 1,864 kW (2,500 hp [Jumo]) each

Performance

Armament

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

Related lists

References

  • 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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