Blohm Voss BV 222 Wiking by Rudolf Hofling

By Rudolf Hofling

Das gr#246;#223;te in Serie gebaute Flugboot der Luftwaffe - Technik und Einsatzgeschichte.

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Stressing that he liked the new fighter for its good balance of speed, manoeuvrability and weaponry, regiment squadron leader and future 23-victory ace Boris Yeremin wrote: For retraining we were given the sole Yak. It was in the hangar on the airfield, and the hangar was, in fact, our classroom. Neither posters nor drawings were ready yet. The classes were taught by engineers. Before being admitted to a training flight, every pilot had to pass a test near the grounded aircraft. The test was agreed by regiment commander N.

In 1939 4,150 fighters were produced, and in 1940 4,657 fighters, mainly I-16s and I-153s. By late 1940 a mere 200 new fighters had been built, and VVS-KA pilots only started to master them in the spring of 1941. In the USSR in the winter of 1940–41 the first attempt was made to provide combat aircraft with wheeled undercarriages. Hitherto, ski undercarriages had been fitted. Owing to the lack of snow-clearing equipment and an effective way to harden the snow-covered runways, flying training frequently came to a halt during the winter.

Bf 109F-4 This was the most numerous version of the ‘Friedrich’, powered by the DB 601E and armed with MG 151/20 20mm cannon. In production from June 1941, it looked quite similar to the F-2, but the external reinforcing elements on the fuselage near the keel were absent. The structure of the fuselage in that area had been strengthened, resulting in an increase in flying weight to 2,930kg (6,458lb). The sub-variants were the F-4/B fighter-bomber, the photo-reconnaissance machine with a camera in the rear fuselage (the radio was removed) and a version with a tropical filter and GM-1 nitrous-oxide injector.

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