What I meant was, from a aircraft design & construction point of view, the FW190 had much more potential than the 109. The 109 reached its full potential in '43 and should not have been developed beyond the G-6 imho. This is evident in the fact how allied escort fighters wiped them out. Aerodynamically the design is very dirty, structurally it is not well suited for combat.
What Kurt Tank always wanted for his FW190 series was a Daimler-Benz engine, this was ruled out because all DB fighter engine production was reserved for the 109 line and Messerschmitt! This political/bureaucratic game dominating the industry was ultimately what sealed the fate of the pilots who flew these hopelessly outdated aircraft. The fact of the matter is, that a DB installed in a 190 would have been worth twice as much to the pilots than the same engine in a 109. The 190D proved this with the Junkers Jumo 213A. Now imagine if the FW190 had been powered by a inline engine from start! The BMW801 powered 190A was a complete shock to the RAF in '41, with a inline engine it would have accelerated even faster and been able to maintain a higher speed overall. The 190 was and remains a excellent piston engine fighter design, the RLM just never realized.
In Air Combat Maneuvering, speed is one of the most important factors and some would argue it is more important than maneuverability (consider jets vs props). If you find yourself in the slower aircraft, you are unable to disengage from a bad situation because you simply can't get away from the enemy fighters. This is what the 109 pilots had to face. They went in and engaged a numerically superior force then had no way of escaping but had to rely on superior skills to survive (but for how long?). For those who did not have the skills and experience needed in such a environment well... their career was cut a bit short in most cases.
< Message edited by Turner -- 2/24/2012 5:31:29 AM >