Fw 189 A-1
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.
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
| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,600 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 380||< 360||< 390||> 140|
|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
The Fw 189 A-1 is armed with:
- 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
The Fw 189 A-1 can be outfitted with the following payload options:
- Without load
- 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)
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
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|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.
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|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|
|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|