- High-Altitude Fighter
Back in 1942, the chief designer of the Focke-Wulf company, Kurt Tank, developed several prototypes on the basis of the Fw-190, intended for operation at high altitudes. The Ta-152 fighter was intended mainly to intercept enemy high-altitude bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
The Focke-Wulf designers were constantly improving the Ta 152H. So, when testing the Fw 190D, it was found that the simple use of rubber gaskets at the junction of motor hoods gives an increase in aircraft speed by 17 km / h. This, of course, could be applied to the Ta 152, for which a special "integral hood" began to be developed. The Ta 152 was intended to be powered by a more powerful Jumo 222E engine and a new laminar wing. But by the very end of the war, it became clear that Ta 152 with Jumo 222 would remain only a project. Priority was given to jet aircraft.
In total, before the end of the war, 67 Ta-152 aircraft of various modifications were produced. In terms of its tactical and technical characteristics, this aircraft was the pinnacle of the development of the Fw-190 family of fighters.