In March 1943 Focke-Wulf in Bremen initiated a series of design studies
for single-seat, jet powered fighters. Entwurf 6, also known as Projekt
VI, was approved for mock-up construction in Febuary 1944. The designation
was later changed to Projekt VII and was given the code name "Flitzer"
(Madcap). The mid-fuselage mounted wings had moderate sweepback (32 degrees),
twin booms and a high mounted tailplane. The single He S 011A tubojet was
to be supplemented with a Walter HWK 509 A-2 bi-fuel rocket mounted below
the jet, although this arrangement was later revised, eliminating the rocket
engine. Projected armament consisted of two MK 103 30mm cannon or two MK
108 30mm cannon in the lower nose and two MG 151/20 20mm cannon in the
wings. The "Flitzer" was well advanced in development,
a full-size mock-up (photos below) and some prototype sub-assemblies being
completed. The project was eventually abandoned because, although using
only a single turbojet, its performance was no better than the Me 262 which
was entering service.
Span: 8.0 m (26' 3.2") Length: 9.8 m (32' 2.1") Max. Speed: 830 km/h (516 mph)
photo of the Wooden
mock-up photo of the
Fw Fighter Project VII "Flitzer", front view.... Fw Fighter Project VII "Flitzer", rear view....
Close-up photo of the revised
Fw Fighter Project VII "Flitzer"
Focke-Wulf's chief designer, Kurt Tank,
is holding a free-flight model of the "Flitzer".
To the left is Obering. Mittelhuber, in charge
of developmental studies. Ulrich Stampa, who
designed the model, is bent over in the foreground.
Photo taken at the Focke-Wulf Bad Eilsen plant.
Windtunnel models of the Fw Fighter Project VII "Flitzer"