Focke-Wulf Ta 254

The Focke-Wulf Ta 254 was a design for an improved version of the Ta 154 twin-engined fighter, with bigger wings to improve its service ceiling. The Ta 254 was originally developed as the Ta 154D, with the D-1 being a two-seat night fighter and the Ta 154D-2 a single-seat day fighter. The Ta 154D inherited the longer fuselage of the Ta 154C, which was 3ft 7 ¼ in longer than on the Ta 154A, while the wings were 30% bigger.

The designation of the new design was changed to the Ta 254. Two production series were proposed - the A series, to be powered by the Junkers Jumo 213E engine and the B series, which would have used the Daimler-Benz DB 603L. The original D-1 became the A-1, and the D-2 became the A-3. A third variant, the two-seat day fighter A-2 was also introduced.
The A-1 to A-3 would have been duplicated with Daimler-Benz engines as the B-1 to B-3.

The A-1 would have been heavily armed, with potentially up to eight cannon - six forward firing and two in the 'schräge' or 'jazz music' position, firing upwards.

None of the planned aircraft were ever completed.

Variants

A-1

The A-1 was to have been a two-seat night fighter with a hinged cockpit canopy, a metal nose and ejector seats.

A-2

The A-2 was a two-seat day fighter with a sliding canopy

A-3

The A-3 was a single-seat day fighter.

B-1 to B-3

As the A-1 to A-3 but with Daimler-Benz DB 603L engines

Stats for A-1 (performance figures are estimates)
Engine: Two Junkers Jumo 213E
Power: 1,750hp each
Crew: Two
Wing span: 58ft 4 3/4in
Length: 44ft 11 1/4in
Height: 12ft 4 3/4in
Weights: Unknown
Max Speed: 412mph at 34,777ft
Cruising Speed:
Service Ceiling: 37,729ft
Endurance: 3 hours
Armament: 2 x MK 108 and 2 x MK 151 or 6 x Mk 108; two extra Mk 108 if GM 1 boost not installed

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (11 December 2012), Focke-Wulf Ta 254 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_focke-wulf_Ta_254.html

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