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PROGRESS TO DATE…

ALMOST 70 YEARS LATER, SHE TAKES OFF ONCE AGAIN.


After ten and a half years of restoration, Fw190A-8, werk nummer 173056, took to the air on Sunday 2011, October 9, for the first time in 68 years since wrecked in a French rail yard during the late years of WWII. Owned by Don and Linda Hansen’s engineering company of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and flown by test pilot Klaus Plasa from Munich, Germany, two flights were made that day, the first a short flight to test flight characteristics and systems, and a second flight to include maneuvers and stalls shown in this video. Additional test flights will be made to expand the flight envelope of the aircraft and to check systems reliability.

FW-190 First Airborne Photo

First air-to-air shot. At the controls is experienced 190 test pilot Klaus Plasa, who reports very smooth operations and engine parameters all OK.  Photo by Rusty Gautreaux, taken from our Bonanza N5907C.

This 190 was produced at Marienberg in 1944.  It was found buried in the rail yard at Rheims, France, after being stripped of many parts by the Germans.  We started working this restoration in 2000 and completing it just now.  Needed quality repair parts were produced by Flug Werk in Germany who has been most helpful.

PAI Aero FW-190 maiden flightFirst flight day, 2011, October 9: Test pilot Capt. Klaus Plasa reports that aircraft handles very well, engine parameters are good with a bit cool oil temperatures, cockpit quiet, propeller set OK, very smooth and predictable operations throughout test phase so far.

NORMAL ENGINE RUN
February 6, 2010: Normal engine run at PAI Aero in Baton Rouge, LA of FW190 owned by Don and Linda Hansen’s engineering company. Modifications to the oil system now allows normal operating oil pressure and uneventful engine runs in preparation of an expected first flight in April 2010. This video shortened from 5+ minutes:

February 6, 2010: Normal engine run of FW190 owned by Don and Linda Hansen at PAI Aero in Baton Rouge, LA. Modifications to the oil system now allows normal operating oil pressure and uneventful engine runs in preparation of an expected first flight in April 2010. This video shortened from 5+ minutes.

NO MORE LEAKS
All systems go, final preparations underway before maiden flight in Spring, 2010 by Klaus Plasa, experienced FW-190 test pilot and Messerschmitt Foundation resident BF-109 flyer. In this picture: Frank Hohmann on his second visit to Baton Rouge, and probably not his last…
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FW190A-8 Werknummer 173056 quickly roared to life Sept. 21, 2009 after 8 1/2 years of restoration work on the four major components of 173056: Tail, fuselage, wings and engine. Located at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport at PAI Aero, this restoration is a project of Don and Linda Hansen’s engineering company. The engine was started but shut down quickly as a precaution due to lack of oil pressure indication – found later to be an incorrect pressure sender. Full-timers Don Hansen and – most notably, despite a family tragedy – Rusty Rusty Gautreaux worked intensely together with Major Frank Hohmann from Flug-Werk in Gammelsdorf, Germany for most of September. With additional support by crew members Danny Trogé and Stephen Hansen, engine rigging was completed in good time – culminating in this de-preservation/pre-oiling run. The 2000HP Ash82T engine starting instantly on the first try after 30 years in storage. A smoky success! The first flight is planned for Spring, 2010.

ON THE TARMAC (First start)

IN THE HANGAR (Prop installation)

IN PRODUCTION (Just kidding)

FOCKE-WULF FW-190A-8


Spec Metric English


wingspan 10.5 meters 34 feet 5 inches
wing area 18.3 sq_meters 197 sq_feet
length 8.96 meters 29 feet 5 inches
height 3.96 meters 13 feet

empty weight 3,470 kilograms 7,650 pounds
max loaded weight 4,900 kilograms 10,800 pounds

maximum speed 657 KPH 408 MPH / 335 KT
service ceiling 10,300 meters 33,800 feet
range 800 kilometers 500 MI / 435 NMI


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