Ta 152 H-1

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This page is about the German fighter Ta 152 H-1. For the other version, see Ta 152 C-3.
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Ta 152 H-1
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Description

The Ta 152 H-1 is a rank IV German fighter with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB), 6.0 (RB), and 5.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 10 200 m755 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude14 800 m
EngineJunkers Jumo-213E1
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight6 t

While the Ta 152 H-1 is the ultimate evolution of the Fw 190, the Ta 152 C-3 takes the 190s concepts to their limit. Don't be dissuaded however, the H-1 is a different beast altogether. Fast, manoeuvrable, and stable at >350 km/h, it is more nimble than most enemies at its BR, has a decent rate of climb, great turn time (especially with flaps), and above average roll rate. The Ta 152 H-1 trades the incredible roll rate of the Fw 190 line for great energy retention and turnfighting ability. You will outclimb most competitors and will usually have an altitude advantage due to the interceptor airspawn.

If you're going to play as an interceptor, just climb high and dive on bombers. Should you fly against fighters, do not neglect your combat flaps in dogfights.

Cockpit of the Ta 152
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 10,200 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 725 707 14800 21.1 21.3 14.0 14.0 315
Upgraded 788 755 20.3 20.5 22.2 17.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
870 310 667 536 310 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 220 < 550 > 290
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 1,740 hp 2,063 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,200 m 1,556 hp 1,842 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
9,100 m 1,299 hp 1,535 hp
Setting 4
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
12,200 m 999 hp 1,376 hp

Survivability and armour

Armour diagram of the Ta 152 H-1, corresponds to the list on the left
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural870 km/h
Gear310 km/h
  1. 15 mm steel - engine cowling and radiator shield
  2. 8 mm steel - oil cooling system shield
  3. 10 mm steel - angled pilot armour
  4. 6 mm steel - in front of the pilot
  5. 70 mm angled bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen
  6. 20 mm steel - pilot's headrest
  7. 8 mm steel + 5 mm steel - behind the pilot
  8. 5 mm steel - under the cockpit

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 500 → 5 764 Sl icon.png
RB15 160 → 19 419 Sl icon.png
SB21 240 → 27 208 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications58 500 Rp icon.png
132 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training74 000 Sl icon.png
Experts260 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 380 / 450 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
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Cost:
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220 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
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Cost:
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220 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
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250 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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270 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
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mg15120_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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220 Ge icon.png
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mk108_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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250 Ge icon.png
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mg15120_new_gun
Research:
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mk108_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition90 rounds
Fire rate660 shots/min
Ammunition350 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

The Ta 152 H-1 is armed with:

  • 1 x 30 mm MK 108 cannon, nose-mounted (90 rpg)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, wing-mounted (175 rpg = 350 total)

Usage in battles

The Ta-152 H-1 is a high altitude fighter with a wide wing span and good manoeuvrability. Unlike its heavier cousin the Ta 152 C-3, the H-1's best performance is reached when flying in excess of 9 km (~30,000 ft) as this is where the engine performs at maximum efficiency. Ta 152 H-1's with altitude advantages are a deadly force to be reckoned with, having a great dive speed and energy retention making it an efficient Hit and Run plane. With an interceptor airspawn, the average climb rate of 22 m/s (AB) and 17.5 m/s (RB) is somewhat nullified. However the pilot must be aware of planes with a climb rate in excess of 20 m/s (RB) such as Spitfires, or P-51s, as they can absolutely possess an altitude advantage at first contact, despite taking off from the ground.

Even though the Ta 152 H-1 is an high altitude fighter, it can still be a force to be reckoned with at medium and low altitudes. Being quite manoeuvrable it can do well in a dogfight if its forced into one against certain opponents, however against some opponents it will struggle with to dogfight against and is best for the Ta 152 H-1 to use its primary strengths. Its speed and manoeuvring energy retention (MER) combined with altitude advantages allow the plane to perform best against its foes. However do note you are not out of options when close to the ground as you can quickly turn the tide of a dogfight due to your MER and good turn rate with flaps. Another strong role for the Ta 152 H-1 is that of intercepting of heavy bombers at high altitude. Even if the bomber is trying to escape, the Ta 152 H-1 will quickly catch up to them due to the power of its engine.

The armaments of the Ta-152 H-1 are fairly powerful: the minengeschoß firing MK 108 and 2 x MG 151s have enough power to inflict heavy damage on most targets it will encounter. Though be aware that the 30 mm MK 108 only has 90 rounds at its disposal and is most efficient at close range. Meanwhile the two MG 151s have 175 rounds per gun for a total of 350 rounds together and can be used with much more liberty than the 30 mm.

Enemies to be aware of in the Ta 152 H-1 are opponents such as the Spitfire F Mk 24, F8F, P-51H-5-NA and Ki-84. These foes can intercept and force the Ta 152 H-1 into dogfights on equal terms, trying to gain an energy or altitude advantage is key before engagement.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
5 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 30 mm cannon usually obliterates enemies upon impact, and serves well in bomber interception
  • Stable in all axes (joystick), and fairly nimble in a turn (mouse aim)
  • Good armour layout protects both the pilot and engine, strong in headons
  • GM-1 engine boost gives outstanding performance above 7,000 m, at these altitudes a good pilot can go head to head with any foe
  • Combat flaps rip off at 700 km/h, which means you can use them at almost any speed
  • Above average turnfighter for Germany, landing flaps increase turn so much that you can keep up with most fighters; even some Spitfires
  • Has some of the best manoeuvring energy retention (MER) performance in the game, it will easily win a prolonged dogfight with good usage of flaps
  • Excellent diver, wings only rip past 870 km/h (540 mph)
  • Decently fast on the deck, can reach 580 km/h (360 mph) and will catch most enemies in a straight chase
  • Very fast at high altitude (>7 km) where the Ta 152 H-1 will reach 755 km/h (469 mph), making it the fastest single engine German prop fighter

Cons:

  • 30 mm cannon is low-velocity, making it hard to hit
  • Has a tendency to snap roll viciously, especially in a stall
  • Very strong brakes, will easily flip over if not used sparingly, and is thus slower to land than most aircraft
  • Losing your flaps through gunfire or otherwise is a massive detriment to turning performance and hampers your ability to dogfight effectively
  • Despite having an above average roll rate, it is made significantly worse by pitching up/down
  • Average climb rate, even with the airspawn it can be difficult to attain an altitude advantage over foes such as the Spitfire
  • Below average ammo capacity, good trigger discipline is a must with the Ta 152 H
  • Long wings increase chance of collision with enemy aircraft, especially in headons
  • Poor parasite drag to thrust ratio, meaning a lot of energy is lost in diving attacks due to wing surface area
  • No payload options for the wings or HVAP shells on the MK 108, strictly an air superiority plane

History

Throughout much of World War II in Europe, the German Luftwaffe was only concerned with their aircraft flying in the mid to low altitudes (20,000 ft/6,100 m and below), therefore a majority of their fighter fleet only utilized a single-stage supercharger which was sufficient for their role. However, with the introduction of the B-29, the threat of this type of bomber would have been out of reach for most of the German air fleet.[1] To counter high-altitude allied fighters and bombers, the Fw 190D-9 was modified with a two-stage supercharged Junkers Jumo 213E engine which allowed it to achieve the higher altitudes, however, the shorter stubby wings well know for low altitude maneuverability actually hindered performance at altitude, though usable, not really a suitable fix.[2]

Answering the call of the German Air Ministry (RLM – Reichsluftfahrtministerium), Focke-Wulf modified their Fw 190 design and branched out in three directions. The three prototypes, in turn, had one to become the new existing Fw 190D (Ta 152A) series (after the D-9), the second prototype would become a dedicated high-altitude bomber (Ta 152B) while the third would become a ground-attack aircraft (Ta 152H).[2] Though adjustments and modifications were made including usage of a different engine, the ultimate results determined these aircraft did not provide enough improvement to continue moving forward and both the Ta 152A and B projects were cancelled. One bright spot from this was that the airframe built for the Ta 152B (the V21 airframe) showed promise and efforts were focused here to create the Ta 152C prototype.

In 1944 the RLM made a ruling that new fighter aircraft were to include the chief designer's name in the aircraft's designation. What was earlier knows as a Focke-Wulf aircraft was now listed with the prefix Ta which was short for Kurt Tank, though Tank was still working for Focke-Wulf at the time.

Adjustments to the Fw 190D-9 fuselage resulted in its extension and addition of hydraulics to control the flaps and landing gear. These adjustments threw off the normal center of gravity and made the aircraft off balance, resulting in the lengthening of the nose of the aircraft to normalize the CoG. The length of the wings was slightly lengthened and due to shortages in aluminum, steel spars were utilized aiding to the strength of the wings, but also at a price of extra weight.[2]

Ta 152C variant

The Ta 152C-3 ended up with wings .5 m (1.25 ft) longer than the standard Fw 190D-9 to aid in supporting the new steel spars and hydraulic hardware in the landing gear and flaps. The 'C' variant did not incorporate a pressurized cockpit. While designed to work at lower altitudes (though above 25,000 ft or 6,100 m), the fighter was outfitted with a single 30 mm MK 108 Motorkanone which was mounted through the center propeller hub with four MG 151/20 mm cannons, two of which were mounted in the upper fuselage and two more with one in each wing.[1] This cannon setup is enough to devastate any aircraft which is on the receiving end of the 20 and 30 mm rounds. The Ta 152C-3 entered the war too late and in too little numbers to make an effective difference. Shortages in replacement parts became extremely difficult if not impossible to find reducing the ability of the Ta 152C-3 to be used to the fullest of its abilities.[2]

Ta 152H variant

The Ta 152H-1 was refined to be more of a high-altitude fighter even so over the Ta 152C. Wings were extended a full length of 14.4 m (47.4 ft), though this lowered its overall speed, it provided substantial improvement with high-altitude handling. To aid the pilots in the higher altitude flights, the H variant was outfitted with a pressurized cockpit. The cockpit was pressurized to approximately a level comparable with 8,000 m (26,250 ft) and the canopy was comprised of two layers of which the outer was a thicker material with a thinner inner pane. To compensate for any moisture which could form between the panes, silica gel was added to aid in stemming any fogging. Unlike the 'C' variant, the 'H' only utilized a single 30 mm MK 108 Motorkanone firing through the propeller hub along with just two MG 151/20 mm autocannons, both of which were mounted in the upper fuselage. Eliminating the two wing-mounted cannons aided in increased maneuverability and less weight to make up for some of the additional weight added due to the pressurized cockpit system.

Overall the Ta 152H variant was one of the fastest piston-engine fighters to emerge during World War II, cruising around 750 kph (465 mph) while at around 10,200 m (33,000 ft). The Ta 152H also employed the usage of GM-1 nitrous oxide boost and MW 50 methanol-water boost to briefly increase performance in the aircraft and if necessary, both could be applied at the same time.[1]

In-game description

The Ta 152 was, without a doubt, the best aircraft designed by Kurt Tank for Focke-Wulf. The aircraft was a further redesign of the venerable Fw 190, namely of the Fw 190 D. The Ta 152 became possible thanks to the new high-altitude Jumo 213 and DB 603 engines.

Development began in the winter of 1942-1943, when RLM's technical department released specifications for a new 'Spezial Jaeger', or Special Fighter. The fighter was to be capable of a high-altitude interceptor role. The Ta 152 H-1 was armed with a MK 108 cannon with 85 rounds firing through the propeller hub and two MG 151/20 cannons (220 rounds per gun) in the wings. The H-1 went into serial production in January or February of 1945. A total of only 70 or so were produced, of which very few made it to front-line service.

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See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jack, C. (2019, January 21). Focke-Wulf Ta 152 Single-Seat, Single-Engine High-Altitude Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft - Nazi Germany. Retrieved from https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=455.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Focke-Wulf Ta 152C. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_focke-wulf_Ta_152C.html.


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