why FW 190 and no FW 32?

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why FW 190 and no FW 32?

Post by panzertruppe2001 » 10 May 2004 18:26

I have this doubt. Why a plane was given a number and no other one? For example what did it means the number 190 in a FW 190? and the 109 in a BF 109? I know the existence of the Me 108, but the Me 107, or 106 or 105 did not exist.

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Post by daveh » 10 May 2004 20:38

From 1933 all German aircraft were allocated a number from a list. The aircraft numbers were prefixed by 8 eg 8 -17 was the Dornier 17, 8 - 52 the Junkers Ju 52. Piston engines were prefixed by 9, jet and rocket engines by 109.

In some cases the RLM allocated a blocks of numbers to an aircraft manufacturer eg 111 to 120 Heinkel, 121 to 130 Henschel, 131 to 134 Bucker. However numbers were not necessarily allocated in sequence. In some examples a development of an aircraft was numbered by adding 100 to the original number eg Ju 88 - Ju 188, Heinkel He 70 - He 170.

Heinkel asked for, and was given, the number 100 for a fighter design

The 105, 106 and 107 numbers were all Klemm designs.

hope this helps a little

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Post by MadderCat » 10 May 2004 20:50

the Aircraft numbers (Me109 , Fw190, BV222) were given by the RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium)
after a scheme that was developed in 1933/1934 to give projects/proposals
a not confusing number because the companies did give their aircrafts
the same number (Heinkel He-46 and Junkers Ju-46, different aircrafts!!)

the number 8-32 was given to Klemm, Klemm Kl32 (one-engined plane
3 passengers)


the 8- denotes that it's an aircraft, so if you read 8-162 it's an He-162
according to the RLM lists...

sometimes numbers were assigned to a company but then they were given
to an other company (example: 8-188 was given Focke-Wulf but it was the Ju-188 in the end)

the numbering was done up to 635
(Do/He/Ju 635 ...for further infos about this plane, look for Do-335)


HTH

MadderCat

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Post by Cantankerous » 13 Mar 2021 17:35

MadderCat wrote:
10 May 2004 20:50
the Aircraft numbers (Me109 , Fw190, BV222) were given by the RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium)
after a scheme that was developed in 1933/1934 to give projects/proposals
a not confusing number because the companies did give their aircrafts
the same number (Heinkel He-46 and Junkers Ju-46, different aircrafts!!)

the number 8-32 was given to Klemm, Klemm Kl32 (one-engined plane
3 passengers)


the 8- denotes that it's an aircraft, so if you read 8-162 it's an He-162
according to the RLM lists...

sometimes numbers were assigned to a company but then they were given
to an other company (example: 8-188 was given Focke-Wulf but it was the Ju-188 in the end)

the numbering was done up to 635
(Do/He/Ju 635 ...for further infos about this plane, look for Do-335)


HTH

MadderCat
The RLM slot 8-162 was initially used for the Messerschmitt Bf 162 prototype tactical bomber (which lost out the Junkers Ju 88). It was later re-used for the winning Heinkel contender for the Volksjäger contest for security reasons (the Heinkel Spatz was initially designated He 500).

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