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    How to climb into a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Due to a photo project with the Aviation Museum Hannover Laatzen I had the honour to climb into the cockpits of a Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-8 and a Bf 109 G-2. Oh boy, I hardly fit in the 109 workspace... Once more I realized how freaking awsome the cockpits of CloD are!

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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Great video! Thanks for sharing this, Henry!

    You are far braver than me. I would need a bucket of axle grease to squeeze in, then a floor crane to hoist me out! LOL


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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Very cool! I wish I had the opportunity to do that!

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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Snapper View Post
    Great video! Thanks for sharing this, Henry!

    You are far braver than me. I would need a bucket of axle grease to squeeze in, then a floor crane to hoist me out! LOL
    Harrharrrharr, what a picture I'm 1,83m tall and around 83 kg "heavy". The Focke Wulf was perfect. The cockpit felt almost modern. In the 109 its like you become a part of the plane, the "juicy filling" so to say. Well, I didn't try to adjust the pedals. With streched legs I'm sure I would fit better in that thing. After the 109 I was in the coickpit of their Spitfire MK XVIII (airworthy). A beauty from outside! Inside its surprisingly empty - no floor, visible cables and rods.
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Colander View Post
    Very cool! I wish I had the opportunity to do that!
    Come over here!
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Lucky you!

    It looks cramped. I wouldn't be able to get in. Or rather - I wouldn't be able to get out!
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Great video Henry

    I think there were a couple of good tall 109 pilots well over 6 feet I don't know how they handled themselves in there without having a mental break down. I love 109s they are my favorite but when I was younger I was 6' 5" I can just imagine the sweat poring down from everywhere with my knees up at my ears trying to shake the Spitfire behind me.

    Hannes Trautloft about 6' 3"

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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Watching this it got me thinking about the young men who flew bombers and fighters in WW2...how did they get out......300mph, on fire, injured, damaged, G forces.........sadly many did not. "Lest We Forget"
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by TWC_Birdtail View Post
    Watching this it got me thinking about the young men who flew bombers and fighters in WW2...how did they get out......300mph, on fire, injured, damaged, G forces.........sadly many did not. "Lest We Forget"
    That were my thoughts as well. In the 190 you have a fair chance getting out. In the tiny 109 with all your gear and the really heavy canopy... difficult.
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by HenryLuebberstedt View Post
    That were my thoughts as well. In the 190 you have a fair chance getting out. In the tiny 109 with all your gear and the really heavy canopy... difficult.
    Didn't the 109 have explosives in the hinges just because of that?

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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Colander View Post
    Didn't the 109 have explosives in the hinges just because of that?
    Not sure but I don't think so. In the Fw 190 you have this big red notice sign (Achtung) on the armor plate with instructions how to arm/disarm the explosives. I didn't see such signs in the 109. I guess the 109 had some kind of mechanical emergency system to get rid of the roof plus the rear part of the canopy. In febuary I'm in the museum again and will have a closer look. cu!
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Colander View Post
    Didn't the 109 have explosives in the hinges just because of that?
    Heavy springs when you pulled the jettison lever ..Pretty sure

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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Quote Originally Posted by IIJG27Rich View Post
    Great video Henry

    I think there were a couple of good tall 109 pilots well over 6 feet I don't know how they handled themselves in there without having a mental break down. I love 109s they are my favorite but when I was younger I was 6' 5" I can just imagine the sweat poring down from everywhere with my knees up at my ears trying to shake the Spitfire behind me.

    Hannes Trautloft about 6' 3"
    6'3 is 1.90 meters - I' had no idea Trautloft was that tall! Maybe he flew without canopy
    One of the members of the aviation museum was in the squadron of Erich Hartmann after the war. They flew F-86 at that time. Hartmann, he said, fits perfectly in the 109. He was 1,73 meters tall and skinny. He was an friendly opend minded guy and spoke frankly about his sorties, tactics and so on. But If you asked him about his time as POW in Russia he immediately got silent, his comrade recalls.
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Very interesting Henry
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    Re: How to climb in a Fw 190 A-8 and Bf 109 G-2

    Great little vid mate, i reckon i would fit in both nicely but... only if i was wearing my LW issued thong

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