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    Focke Wulf Fw190 A8/N WkNr990013 (Ex-F-AZZJ)

    One of the best known Focke Wulf out of Flugwerk production is the WkNr 990013.

    The fighter belonged to the collection of Christophe Jaquard and was based in Dijon-Darois. Maidenflight was at 7th Mai 2009, the plane got the French registration F-AZZJ. The first official performance was on 31st May 2009 at the "La Fert" show nearby Paris. The had some technical problems, but Jaquard displayed the ship at this airshow on the ground. The plane was painted in the colours of an A-4 belonging to JG2 "Richthofen" (Jagdgeschwader 2 = squadron 2), exactly WkNr734 of the second group. At this time, 1943, the group was based in Tricqueville/France.

    5th September 2009 Marc "Leon" Mathis displayed the fighter at the "Hahnweide" airshow in Germany. This display was one of the best fighter displays Ive ever seen. Powerful, dynamic, low & fast and pretty loud This was the first display of a Focke Wulf in Germany since the war ended, and it was great. Marc was the "darling of the public". Marc flew together with Eric Goujon (spitfire) and the "finale furioso" was the interception of the Boeing B-17 "Pink Lady" while Eric flew the top cover. What a day, what an airshow...







    Year 2010

    Marc "Leon" Mathis displayed the F-AZZJ at the "La Fert Airshow" and performed at the "Flying Legends" show in England. Visiting the airmeeting "100 ans Aeronavale" 22th June 2010 in Hyres /South France, Marc got technical problems and bellylanded the bird in the birch of Hyres. The impact was heavy, the plane was about 250 km/h fast. At this accident you can see the "Masterclass" of that pilot; the plane ditched in perfect winglevel an Marc was saved unhurt by jet-ski-pilots of a diving school nearby.

    Marc told me something about propeller-hub problems and that one propeller-blade feathered after a barrell roll, producing very hard vibrations and of course a huge lack of power. Marc said that he had only a few seconds to decide wether to ditch in the water, or to use the beach for a belly landing. He saw a lot of people on the beach, of course spectators of the airshow in the neighborhood, and so he decided to take the very hard way. Only about two weeks later he managed the maiden-flight of the Fw190 A8/M D-FMFW in Bremgarten. Returning from the maidenflight, it was pretty hot outside, I asked Marc "Do you want some mineralwater ?" and Marc said with a big grin on his face "No my friend, Ive got enough from water for my whole life, later I will drink a beer" What a man, what a pilot.

    The plane sunk in minutes and layed a few days on the ground of the birch in salty water. After that, Christophe sold the wreck to a German investor which gave MeierMotors the order to restore the plane into flyable condition, of course with German registration. The engine question is not solved at this second, but there are some stunning ideas. I hope that I can lift the curtain of secrets in some weeks.

    Achim & Elmar checked the wreck in Dijon-Darois and gave their "okay" to the client. The damages are a solvable problem; lot of work but solvable.

    20th August 2010 , the plane arrived MeierMotors at Bremgarten.









    the wing



    looks bad, but thats the smallest problem and damage



    Number three at MeierMotors



    On the last picture you can see pretty good the exhaustpipes. MeierMotors choosed another way using "flat" exhaustipes optimizing the airflow at this section.
    Last edited by Matthias Dorst; 2nd November 2010, 20:48.
    Regards from Germany
    Matthias Dorst
    (Webmaster MeierMotors)
    http://dorst-freiburg.com big walkaround-section
    http://mdorst-webdesign.de

    #2
    October 2010

    The plane, better the fuselage, is completely dismantled, rinsed with "tons" of fresh water and got rid of her colours. "All the glamour is gone", time to check the damages. Jaquard used metal tanks and they made some ugly damages during the impact as the tanks went through the fuselage. Thats the reason why MeierMotors only use fireproof rubbertanks in their restauration projects.

    Here you can see the dismantled fuselage fixed on a building cradle. MeierMotor will build a cradle for every fuselage part. So the can take of the sheeting without twisting the airframe.





    The wing "lies" outside awaiting rain and freshwater also fixed in a cradle









    The ASch82T .... I think the radial has seen its best time ... we will see

    Regards from Germany
    Matthias Dorst
    (Webmaster MeierMotors)
    http://dorst-freiburg.com big walkaround-section
    http://mdorst-webdesign.de

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      #3
      The rear fuselage dimantled .... sheet for sheet checking the structure



      Building cradle for the tailplane



      ...... to be continued
      Regards from Germany
      Matthias Dorst
      (Webmaster MeierMotors)
      http://dorst-freiburg.com big walkaround-section
      http://mdorst-webdesign.de

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        #4
        Many thanks for sharing these images with us Matthias... nice steady progress being made and I look forward to updates as and when you post them

        Cheers
        Peter D Evans
        LEMB Administrator

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          #5
          Matthias,
          I was one of the many entralled by Leon's display at Flying Legends and his obvious pleasure at displaying this bird was evident as he taxied back in.
          It may have only been a modern version of the Fw 190 but it ticked all the boxes for me.

          It's good to hear it may once again grace the skies and thanks for the progress report on it's resurrection...
          Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

          行雲流水

          Warbirdskies Blog

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            #6
            thats the way Marc looks like, when he is happy

            Regards from Germany
            Matthias Dorst
            (Webmaster MeierMotors)
            http://dorst-freiburg.com big walkaround-section
            http://mdorst-webdesign.de

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              #7
              hee hee

              Thanks for the excellent detailed photos of the project Matthias, absolutely 'rivetting'!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Matthias Dorst View Post

                After that, Christophe sold the wreck to a German investor which gave MeierMotors the order to restore the plane into flyable condition, of course with German registration. The engine question is not solved at this second, but there are some stunning ideas. I hope that I can lift the curtain of secrets in some weeks.
                Thank you very much for the pictures and the updates. Oftentimes, this work goes unseen but I've very glad that you take the time to share this with others. It helps us appreciate the hard work needed to keep these aircraft flying.

                I look forward hearing what the engine selection will be. It's wishful thinking of me to hope for a rare BMW or Jumo, or perhaps a DB603 for a late-war version.

                I hope you will also start another thread for the conversion of ex-Tom Blair FlugWerk Fw190D to the D-9 configuration when it arrives to begin work.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DoraNineFan View Post
                  ....I hope you will also start another thread for the conversion of ex-Tom Blair FlugWerk Fw190D to the D-9 configuration when it arrives to begin work.
                  Yes I will do that ... Ive seen already pictures of that Jumo engine .... wow, thats a piece of iron I tell you
                  Regards from Germany
                  Matthias Dorst
                  (Webmaster MeierMotors)
                  http://dorst-freiburg.com big walkaround-section
                  http://mdorst-webdesign.de

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                    #10
                    Really excellent stuff. I look forward to your updates, Matthias.
                    Daren Cogdon

                    Spitfire fanatic

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                      #11
                      Great, many thanks for the update.
                      One hand on the joystick, the other on the ripcord!

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                        #12
                        Matthias, great that you have time to post progress updates on your restorations. Other noted restoration shops should take note. Its information like this that we enthusiasts love to read, its much appreciated. At the rate of progress made to date with the salty 190 i imagine we will see her reborn sooner then later. Keep up the great work

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Matthias Dorst View Post
                          Yes I will do that ... Ive seen already pictures of that Jumo engine .... wow, thats a piece of iron I tell you
                          Cant wait to see those! Thanks for posting.
                          Have YOU used the "Will it be at Legends" joke yet today?

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                            #14
                            Great update there, look fwd to seeing the FW airborne soon.
                            Lmfao at the crankiest pilot I've ever seen!

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                              #15
                              I thought Tom Blair's Dora had that modified V-1710?
                              Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Oxcart View Post
                                I thought Tom Blair's Dora had that modified V-1710?
                                It did!
                                www.warbirdcolour.co.uk

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                                  #17
                                  Thanks for the confirmation, Mark. Great news about the Jumo!
                                  Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Oxcart View Post
                                    I thought Tom Blair's Dora had that modified V-1710?
                                    Yes, that was the Allison Dora. I can't understand why it was never flown.

                                    But, it apparently has a new owner and will be rebuilt as a wartime Fw190D-9.

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                                      #19
                                      I think there was some sort of legal issue with that conversion-I just hope it stays in Europe now!
                                      Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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                                        #20
                                        I wonder what primer they used under the paint? looked like it just peeled off when it hit the water. Is DuPont Vari-Prime (Yellow Death) outlawed in Europe?

                                        or: Why don't they use epoxy primer?
                                        If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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