Fw 189 A-1

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Fw 189 A-1
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
3.4 tEmpty weight
4.3 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 000 mCeiling
sec17.2/17.2/16.0Turn Time
179 km/hStalling speed
2 х Argus AS 410Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
525 km/hStructural
190 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 1
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gunTurret
450 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 х 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
Sl icon.png1 360/1 420/360Repair
450 Sl icon.pngCrew training
3 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Fw189A-1.jpg

The Fw 189 A-1 Uhu is a gift Rank I German bomber with a battle rating of 1.7. It was introduced during Update 1.61 "Road to Glory" in the "Operation S.U.M.M.E.R." event of 2016.

In most cases, you'll be using the eagle owl as a heavy fighter. Fortunately the plane can be flown like any other turn fighter in-game. However, this plane requires a few different flight techniques.

The Fw 189 is best described as a multi-purpose heavy fighter. And when I say heavy-fighter, take it with a grain of salt. Thanks to the heavy airframe, large wingspan, and large elevator, the Fw 189 is an incredibly maneuverable plane, rivaling that of early rank Spitfires and Hurricanes. Thus, in war thunder, the Fw 189 fulfills the roles of a light bomber, ground attacker, heavy fighter, and reconnaissance in EC/ combined battles.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
337 329 8,000 17.2 17.9 5.9 5.9 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
382 359 8,000 14.9 16.0 12.6 8.0 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
525 290 250 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 360 < 390 > 140
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,600 m 770 hp 916 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: MG 17 (7.92 mm)

The Fw 189 A-1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: SC50JA (50 kg)

The Fw 189 A-1 can be outfitted with the following payload options:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 15 (7.92 mm)

The Fw 189 A-1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, dorsal turret (450 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, tail turret (750 rpg)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wing Repair, Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

As a premium aircraft grinding for upgrades is not necessary. Only the "Mark of excellence" can be unlocked. It will grant the ability to place and show four decals without having a premium account.

Pros and cons


  • Durable air frame
  • Great visibility (sim)
  • Excellent turn time
  • Effective defensive armament
  • Has a bomb sight
  • Bomber airspawn


  • Somewhat poor offensive armament
  • Low ammunition pool for offensive guns
  • Average energy retention
  • Poor acceleration overall
  • Very small payload
  • Tail prone to control surface damages


Around 1937, the German Air Ministry wanted a short-ranged, three-seated reconnaissance plane with great visibility act as an army co-operation aircraft. Two aircraft manufacturers wanted the contract: Arado and Focke-Wulf (Blohm & Voss participated but it was a private venture). The Fw 189 prototype had an unusual twin-boom twin engine design so that there will be no engine blocking the front of the cockpit which offered maximum visibility and good speed. It was powered by two Argus As 410 engines and utilized a heavily glazed "stepless" cockpit. Which is all glass and supporting frame to block vision, which is similar to cockpits found on late-war German bombers. It was extremely successful not only because it was fast, but also because it was an extremely maneuverable aircraft. One trick utilized when a fighter came to intercept it was to start turning in a tight circle, in which the pursuing fighter could not match. Later in the war, this aircraft was retrofitted for a variety of tasks which included light ground attack and a night fighter variant.


An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

Obtainable events

  • The Fw 189 Uhu was first available in Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. of 2016 that lasted from 22 July to 22 August. It was unlocked after obtaining 18 pilot Marks of Distinction.
  • It was next available in the 2017-18 Special Festive Quest from 22 December 2017 until 22 January 2018. It requires 10 Christmas toys and also 500,000 Christmas lights accumulated between all players.


Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 238
Dornier  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1
Focke-Wulf  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Henschel  Hs 123 A-1
Heinkel  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5
Junkers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero B (1936) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 4 (1937) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero serie 8 (1939)
  ▀S.M.79 Sparviero AS (1941) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942) · ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/T.M (1943)
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic