Focke-Wulf Project VIII

Focke-Wulf Project VIII was a design study for a turboprop-powered fighter-bomber, undertaken in Germany during World War II.

Project VIII
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Focke-Wulf
Status Abandoned design study


It was based on the work previously done on Project VII, nicknamed the Flitzer. Project VIII was for an aircraft very similar in shape. The performance was calculated to be much better, but the unswept tail surfaces were predicted to cause problems at high speed, and the project was abandoned.

Some sources refer to this design as the Fw 281, but this is unconfirmed.[1][2]

Specifications (as designed)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 9.00 m (29 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 17.0 m2 (183 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 3,585 kg (7,903 lb)
  • Gross weight: 5,000 kg (11,022 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 109-021 turboprop, 1,491 kW (2,000 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 910 km/h (565 mph)
  • Range: 1,460 km (907 miles)


  • 4 × 20 mm MG 213 cannon

See also


  2. Lepage, Jean-Dennis. Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945: An Illustrated Guide.
  • Lens, K.; H. J. Nowarra (1964). Die Deutschen Flugzeuge. Munich: J F Lehmans Verlag.
  • Masters, David (1982). German Jet Genesis. London: Jane's Publishing.
  • Nowarra, Heinz (1983). Die deutsche Luftrüstung 1933–1945. Bonn: Bernard and Graefe. pp. Teil 2, p.117.
  • Schick, Walter; Ingolf Meyer (1997). Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Fighters 1939–1945. Hinckley: Midland Publishing. pp. 55–56.
  • Smith, J. R. (1973). Focke-Wulf: An Aircraft Album. London: Ian Allan.
  • Smith, J. R.; A. Kay (1972). German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putnam.
  • Wagner, Wolfgang (1980). Kurt Tank: Konstruckteur und Test Pilot bei Focke-Wulf. Munich: Bernard and Graefe.
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