|Blohm und Voss Bv 141.|
|How many planes were designed to have a horizontal stabilizer only on one side? This may be the only one.|
|The gondola offered an excellent field of vision in almost all directions.|
Chief Designer Dr. Richard Vogt incorporated a perspex-glazed crew gondola onto an asymmetrical frame. The starboard body housed the crew, while the port side housed the engine. This had the advantage of giving the crew a wide field of vision.
The BV 141 flew and flew well. Weight was balanced so that there was no tendency to roll. Rear machine guns were included for protection, and there were 2 forward-firing 7.92 MG 17 machine guns. The plane also could carry four 50 kg bombs under its wings. Cruising speed at a normal operating altitude of 15,000 feet was 227 mph with a range of about 600 nautical miles.
|Nice color view of the craft in flight. This also gives a good view of the asymmetric rear stabilizer.|
Three prototypes and five evaluation versions of the Bv 141A were built and flown, then 12 BV 141Bs with a more powerful engine were delivered, for a total of 20 of the aircraft ordered and delivered. Some undoubtedly saw use in their intended role. The Uhu, though, was doing well, and the BV 141 engine was needed for other projects, so the Luftwaffe's interest lapsed.
|Rare footage of a BV 141 taking off.|
|Several German Blohm und Voss Bv 141s, January 1942 (Scholz, Federal Archive).|