Late last week, after the reveal of the FW190D-9 by 1CGS, I started asking myself what modifications the FW190D-9 might come with. We now have confirmation of at least one of those modifications and its the FW190D-9s blown canopy. And that raises a couple more questions!
Blown versus non-blown canopies
In a quest to improve the rear facing vision of the FW190 beyond its already very good status, the designers and engineers at Focke Wulf ended up fitting a new blown canopy arrangement to the FW190A-8, A-9, F-8 and D-9. Not all of these fighters received the modification but many of them were fitted with these canopies before the January 1st Bodenplatte raids.
What is the blown canopy? You can see what the differences are like from this website.
The purpose as I said before was to improve the rear facing vision and into the winter months of 1945, many FW190s would receive this modification.
We now have confirmation that this modification will be coming to the FW190D-9 as stated by IL-2’s Lead Producer Jason Williams:
There will be the two types of canopies available for the Dora. I had originally thought no, but I was thinking of another plane. The Dora will have two different styles of canopies available.
So far, all of the screenshots of the D-9 show the original arrangement but it is nice to know that we’ll be seeing both in the future release of this aircraft.
This raises another important question. Most or all FW190F-8 models were equipped with the blown canopy style enabling easier spotting of ground targets by the pilots. Will the FW190F-8 (or the A-8 in general) be given this modification too? We don’t know that yet.
UPDATE (October 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm EST): BlackHellHound1 on Discord pointed out that the blown canopy can be seen on the FW190D-9 un-textured work in progress models that were released some time ago. Well spotted!