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Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 in Detail (Revisited)

Part 2 - Wing

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Upper wing surface. This aircraft lacks the upper wing blisters of the outboard MG 151 cannon, often attributed to the A-8. Although I do not have an explanation to this, it was a common practice within the Luftwaffe to remove outer guns of the Fw 190 to save weight and improve performance. An experienced pilot could do without them anyway due to the better overall accuracy of the fuselage-mounted weapons.

Note that the ailerons are fabric-covered.
 

 




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Detail of  the lower port wing. Here, the bulged cover and spent shell outlet of the MG 151 is in place as expected.
 

 




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Close-up of the upper wing surface showing riveting. Note also the aileron hinge.
 

 




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Leading edge panels are affixed with screws!
 

 




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Lower wing surfaces showing the general detail of the area and the retracted undercarriage. Unlike the early Fw 190 variants, A-8 did not have the wheels fully covered when retracted, the inner doors giving way to the fixed profiled panel in the middle giving the wheel wells a rounded appearance.

Note the loose panel lines around the rear centreplane. The elongated rectangular panel beneath the bomb rack covers ammunition boxes for the belt-fed wing cannon, which were inserted from below. Behind it, another loosely fitting panel provided maintenance access to the fuselage fuel tank.
 

 




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Aileron hinges are much more prominent in the lower view.
 

 




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Profile of the lower wing section.
 

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