Focke-Wulf Ta 183: Men and their toys (X).

The Ta 183 was one of those Germany’s desperately needed wonder weapons. Designed by Hans Multhopp, this highly advanced jet fighter was selected by the RLM (Ministry of Aviation) for immediate series production in the already chaotic March, 1945. Obviously too late, it never took the air. The Ta 183 trendsetting design nevertheless flew high in the postwar years with its more or less illegitimate offsprings: MiG-15, Pulqui II, etc.

Summer, 1944. In this very pedestrial way was early tested the Ta 183 -it still has the original anhedral “T-tail”. The man ready to launch the wood and paper 1/10 scale model was master craftsman Ulrich Stampa. There were some doubts in the Focke-Wulf company (one in doubt was Ludwig Mittelhuber, the bespectacled man besides Stampa) about the design handling qualities and this was an easy and cheap way to find out.

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