Meßerschmitt Bf.109K-4 Kurfürst
FIREPOWER
5
MANEUVERABILITY
6
CLIMB RATE
9
DURABILITY
4
SPEED
9
GROUND ATTACK
2

Crew
1
Primary Guns
2 x 13mm MG131 machine-guns with 300 rpg in cowl.
Secondary Guns
1 x 30mm Mk108 cannon with 65 rpg in hub.
Defensive Guns
Ordnance
1 x 551 lb (250 kg) bomb or 1 x 475 lb (215 kg) drop tank at ventral rack.
Engine(s)
1x Daimler-Benz DB-605 DCM in-line rated for 2,000 hp at sea level (2,220 hp with WEP)
Int Fuel Capacity
634 lbs (287 kg).
Ext Fuel Capacity
475 lbs (215 kg) in ventral drop tank.
Maximum Speeds
378 mph (608 kph) at sea level, 452 mph (727 kph) at 19,685 ft (6000 m)/
Climb Rate
4,823 ft./min (1470 m/min), 3.0 min to 16,400 ft (5,000 m), 6.7 min to 32,800 ft. (10000 m).
Service Ceiling
41,000 ft (12500 m).
Range
356 – 430 miles (570 – 690 km).
Wingspan
32 ft. 8.5 in (9.97 m).
Length
29 ft. 7.1 in. (9.02 m).
Height
8 ft. 6 in. (2.60 m).
Loaded Weight
6,834 lbs (3100 kg).
Wing Area
173.3 sq ft (16.1 sq m).
Wing Loading
39.4 lbs/sq ft (192.5 kg/sq m).

History

By 1944 the Gustav had become both slow and heavy, which combined with poor pilot training to create ever higher fighter losses. Additionally, the dispersal of the German aircraft industry caused by the American daylight raids had resulted in a sort of chaos in 109 production that was impacting aircraft availability. This chaos also meant that different versions of the same production series began to appear in service, complicating maintenance.

The K series was an attempt to incorporate all the various improvements found in the G-14 and G-10 versions, as well as a few improvements of its own. Coming from the G-10 was the 2,000 hp DB-605DCM, which was a modification of the DB-605AS utilizing a larger supercharger. Also standard were the high-visibility “Erla Haube” canopy with “Galland” back armored glass, the taller wooden tail and retractable tail wheel.

The 30mm Mk-108 had been tried in various versions of the Gustav, including the G-6. But problems with jamming prevented its widespread use. However with these problems finally fixed, it replaced the 20mm MG-151 as the standard engine cannon. Equipped with 60-65 rounds, its hit was devastating and finally gave the 109 bomber-killing power without the use of Rüstätz kits.

Only about 700 K-4s were produced, but it served with a number of different units, including JG 2, JG 3, JG 27, JG 51, JG 52, JG 53 and JG 77.

Strengths

  1. Climb Rate — Nothing climbs like a K, which makes it the plane of choice for many dedicated Boom and Zoom pilots.
  2. Firepower — The single 30mm cannon is enough to do serious damage to any aircraft it hits.
  3. Top Speed — With a top speed above 450 mph, the Kurfürst is one of the fastest prop planes in the game

Weakness

  1. Maneuvering — Further increases in the weight of the series reduced its maneuvering ability, although the additional power of the 605DCM engine makes it more survivable than the Gustav.
  2. Ammo Load — The 60-65 rounds of 30mm get expended far too quickly to allow the plane to be used against numerous targets.
  3. Durability — The 109 was a small plane and not capable of absorbing much combat damage.

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