When it appeared in the skies over Europe in 1941, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was the best fighter in the world. It was more than a match for the best Spitfires the RAF could field and began shooting them down in ever-increasing numbers. Only the introduction of the Spitfire IX with its two-stage supercharged Merlin overturned its supremacy. Alongside the Bf 109, the Fw 190 is the iconic fighter of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.
It was hugely adaptable and fought on nearly all fronts, proving to be a formidable opponent.