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Fw 189 A-1
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
4.30 tTake-off weight
0.39 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8000 mCeiling
2 х Argus AS 410Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
525 km/hStructural
190 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 1
1000 roundsAmmunition
1150 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1050 shots/minFire rate
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gunTurret
450 roundsAmmunition
1050 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
Sl icon.png1100/1460/540Repair
450 Sl icon.pngCrew training
3000 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
80 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png20 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png10 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Fw189A-1.jpg

The Fw 189 A-1 is a gift rank I German bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.61 "Road to Glory" in the "Operation S.U.M.M.E.R." event of 2016 that lasted from 22 July to 22 August 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 that required 10 Christmas toys and also 500,000 Christmas lights accumulated between all players. It is currently rare vehicle and is obtainable through the Gaijin Marketplace.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

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

  • 8.5mm of steel in front of lower cockpit
  • 8.5mm of steel in pilot's seat, in between pilot and dorsal gunner
  • Fuel tanks behind engines, at middle of 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 battles

In most cases, you'll be using the Fw 189 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. Thanks to the light 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. It's extremely adaptive to whatever role you play as(Except for bombing bases), a rare trait in War Thunder.

You can either engage enemy bombers with regards to your bomber airspawn, or engage fighters which would still be below you when you reach them. At landing, forget about deploying your gear. Your plane will handle a soft belly landing even if heavily damaged, and it's faster than using the gear as the brakes are somewhat inadequate.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator Offensive 7mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7mm MGs
III Wings Repair, Engine Turret 7mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 7mm MGs(turret)

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 airframe overall
  • Great visibility (sim)
  • Maneuverable at all speeds
  • Effective defensive armament, fast firing MG 15s and wide coverage of tail turret
  • Bomber airspawn
  • Is able to fly on one engine


  • Big cockpit is prone to pilot snipes from frontal attacks
  • Mediocre offensive armament with acceptable amounts of ammunition
  • 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.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See 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.

External links

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

Focke-Wulf Aircraft Corporation (Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau Aktiengesellschaft)
Fighters  Fw 190 A-1 · Fw 190 A-4 · Fw 190 A-5 · Fw 190 A-5 · Fw 190 A-5/U2 · Fw 190 A-8 · Fw 190 C · Fw 190 D-9 · Fw 190 D-12 · Fw 190 D-13 · Fw 190 F-8
Tank Fighters  Ta 152 C-3* · Ta 152 H-1* · Ta 154 A-1*
Bombers  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Export  ▅Fw 190 A-5
Captured  ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · NC.900
  * In 1944, the Germany Air Ministry changed new fighter aircraft designation to that of the chief designer. Kurt Tank was the chief designer at Focke-Wulf and later aircraft he designed were given the prefix of Ta.

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-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 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic