Fw 190 A-8

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Fw 190 A-8
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.6 tEmpty weight
5.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 300 mCeiling
sec22.6/22.6/20.6Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
BMW 801 TUEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
912 km/hStructural
310 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
780 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 х 13 mm MG 131 machine gunWeapon 2
800 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х Wfr.Gr.21 rocketsSetup 1
75 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
250 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8 176 / 10 399/11 493 / 14 619/3 590 / 4 566Repair
72 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
250 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.66 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Fw 190 A-8. For other uses, see Fw 190 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage Fw 190 F-8.jpg

The Fw 190 F-8 is a Rank IV German fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB), 4.7 (RB), and 4.7 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The 190 who thought it's a Stuka. The F-8 version is a peculiar one, designed to replace the the aging Ju 87 series, it could never fully replace it this late into the war (1944). As an attacker this Focke Wulf gains mid-air start on most maps which can either be used to get to ground targets quickly, or get the jump on climbing fighters. Keep in mind though that the very heavy F-8 is not designed for dogfights and will suffer in any fighter engagement.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,400 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
603 583 11,,100 24.8 25.3 9.3 11.6 453
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,400 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11,100  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 453


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
860 860  ??? ~19 ~19
Optimal velocities
< 420 < 510 < 510 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,500 m 1,602 hp 1,954 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,900 m 1,478 hp 1,804 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6 mm Steel - Fore cowl ring
  • 10 mm Steel - Cowl ring
  • 6 mm Steel - Under engine armor
  • 8 mm Steel - Under cockpit/fuel tank armor plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Rear fuel tank armor
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot's chair armor
  • 6 mm Steel - Pilot's chair armor
  • 12 mm Steel - Head rest armor
  • 57 mm Bulletproof glass


Offensive armament

The Fw 190 A-8 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, wing-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

Payload options for the Fw 190 A-8 include:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)
  • 8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (400 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (250 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (450 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb (500 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb (700 kg total)
  • 1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb (1,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb (1,200 kg total)
  • 2 x 30 mm MK 103 cannon, wing-mounted (35 rpg = 70 total)
  • 14 x Pb2 rockets

Usage in the battles

The Fw-190F-8 possesses far below average speed, acceleration and climb ability for it's tier. If you spot a bandit at the same altitude, a recommended tactic is to head-on attack, followed by an evasive maneuver and then extending away to repeat the processes. If a bandit has superior energy/altitude and is trying to attack you, try to drag them to friendlies, but don't sacrifice too much altitude to do so. If you are skilled enough, another tactic would be to initiate a scissors; either rolling or flat, and then break away when he goes to yo-yo to control his overshoot. The scissors is a highly effective maneuver in the Fw 190s. Many good pilots have dismembered many superior aircraft simply because of the roll rate and firepower this plane possesses. If you are ballsy enough to press for a gun solution when scissoring an enemy, you could be greatly rewarded. In summary for the unintended fighter-role, climb to the side or continue climbing when starting mid-air, Boom & Zoom like a champion, never get in a sustained turn fight, and use the rate of roll to free yourself when cornered.

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 Offensive 13 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 13 mm MGs
III Wing Repair, Engine Offensive 20 mm, R6 Modifications
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons

This attacker "Würger" has such awful responsiveness from the elevator, that anything which improves turn rate should have the highest priority. Otherwise it will kiss the ground more a lot more than cows do! Don't forget, it needs to dive-bomb to hit anything. And grinding the bombs cannot be forgotten!! This is an attacker, so it needs the payload unlocks, but without performance upgrades it is just pain to fly. A detour to the new belts could be considered, but two 20 mm cannons are enough to handle any ground units even with stock ammo. Especially as the other performance upgrades are necessary as well due the F-8's great weight.

Pros and cons


  • Great roll rate
  • Great energy retention
  • Ability to carry up to 1200 kg of payload
  • Plenty of ammo
  • Access to 30 mm MK 103 gunpods
  • Carrying the 30 mm cannon pods do not have a significant reduction on flight performance when compared to the bombs
  • Well armoured from the front
  • Excellent tank busting capability
  • Can potentially win a game single-handedly if left unchecked
  • 30 mm HVAP rounds can deal with any surface target except Pillboxes


  • Poor turn rate that many Medium Bombers can beat
  • Elevator has low responsibility & effect on low-medium speeds
  • 30 mm cannons are mounted on the wings therefore is inaccurate
  • Firing the 30 mm cannons creates recoil within the plane
  • Maneuverability at low speeds is bad
  • Generally outclassed by other 190 models when it comes to air to air combat
  • Bad climb rate for a 190 especially with payloads


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