DOGFIGHT DUO

Fw 190 and Spitfire IX: famed adversaries of the Second World War. But how does a new-build Flug Werk FW 190 stack up against an original example of the Supermarine classic? An experienced New Zealand warbird pilot offers his view

FW 190 AND SPITFIRE

Flug Werk FW 190A-8/N ZK-RFR of the Chariots of Fire Fighter Collection at Omaka was the German company’s initial example of the new-build Focke-Wulf Fw 190. It is accompanied by Spitfire LFIX PV270, owned by wartime ace Al Deere’s nephew Brendon and based at Ohakea.
Brendon Deere’s beautiful Spitfire IX being flown by ex-Red Arrows, and current RNZAF Black Falcons, pilot Sean Perrett.

“In the words of Focke-Wulf chief designer Kurt Tank, while the Spitfire was a racehorse, he designed the Fw 190 to be a ‘Dienstpferd’, a cavalry horse, which could stand the rigours of field service”

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