Inspired by the RAF's de Havilland Mosquito, Kurt Tank created the Ta-154 in response to an urgent requirement for a night-fighter to protect Germany from the RAF's bombers. The Ta-154 was a heavily armed two-seat, twin-engined aircraft made largely of wood.
The Ta 154V 1a 1st prototype TE+FE, Wn 100001 first flew on 01/07/1943, piloted by Sander, at Langenhagen, and on 07/07/1943, piloted by Kurt Tank at Langenhagen. Modifications to the engines changed them from Junkers Jumo 211F to 211N. Flight number 47 took place on 31/07/1943. On 05/08/1944 TE+FE suffered total destruction from air attack. The single seat V1 was not armed and tested general flight characteristics.
The Ta 154V2 - Ta 154A-1/R1, first flown on 10/09/1943 by Sander or Melhorm at Langenhagen, was to test endurance, radiators and flash-concealers. Equipped with the FuG 212 and MG 81Z armament and powered by Junkers Jumo 211F and NR with water-methanol injection, Wn 100002, TE+FF was totally destroyed by air attack on 05/08/1944.
Ta154V3- Ta 154A-0/U1 Wn 100003, TE+FG, was first flown on 25/11/1943 by Bartsch at Langenhagen. On 10/01/1944 it was received at Rechlin. On 20/01/1944 it made a belly landing at Sorau, and had another accident on 12/04/1944. In August 1944 it was totally destroyed by air attack. A FuG 212C-1 then C-2 were installed and power wasJunkers Jumo 211F & Junker Jumo 211N. Four MG15/20 guns were fitted.
Ta 154 V4 Wn 100004, TE+FH, first flew on 10/01/1944 and was destroyed crash landing on 25/08/1944.
Ta 154 V5 - Ta 154A-4 Wn 100005, TE+FI was first flown on 25/02/1944, by Bartsch at Langenhagen, and delivered to Tranewitz for armement tests on 10/03/1944. Engine failure occurred on 07/04/1944. It was moved to Detmold for modification as a night fighter on 14/08/1944. The engines were Junkers Jumo 211N then Junkers Jumo 213.
Ta 154V6 - Ta 154A-4 was first flown on 18/03/1944, by Bartsch at Langehagen. From the 10/06/1944 to the 22/06/1944 it was tested at Rechlin. From 27/06/944 it was transformation into a night fighter at Detmold with 2 Junkers Jumo 213. Engines were Junkers Jumo 211N then 213A. The navigation indicator was a K 12.Wn 100006, TE+FJ.
Ta 154V6 - Ta 154A-4 Wn 100006, TE+FJ, was first flown on 18/03/1944, by Bartsch at Langehagen. From 10/06/1944 to 22/06/1944 tests were at Rechlin. On 27/06/944 it was transformation into a night fighter at Detmold with 2 Junkers Jumo 213. Junkers Jumo 211N then 213A were fitted. Course indicator - K 12.
Ta 154V7 Wn 100007, TF+FK, was first flown on 25/03/1944 and on 09/04/1944 damaged by air attack. 2 engine Junkers Jumo 211N with VS 11 props.
Ta 154V8 TF+FL first flew 08/04/1944 piloted by Sander, for tests of engines and performances. On 06/08/1944 it was destroyed after an engine fire and belly landing crewed by Otto/Rettig. Engines were Junkers Jumo 213A, and props VS 9.
The Ta 154V9 Wn 100009, TF+FM, was first flown 18/04/1944. Suffered an accident flown by Bartisch with Meyer as observer. The engines were Junkers Jumo 211N, and props VS 11.
Ta 154V10 Wn 1000010, TE+FN, first flew on 04/06/1944 at Langenhagen. 15/07/1944 was its last known flight. The engines were initially Junkers Jumo 213 with VS-8 props, the Junkers Jumo 213A-1, with VS-111 props.
Ta 154V11 Wn 1000011 was destined for static tests of series A.
Ta 154V12: Wn 1000012.
Ta 154V13: Wn 1000013.
Ta 154V14: Static test for the C series. Wn 1000014.
Ta 154V 15 - Ta 154A 2 was the prototype of the A-2, first flown on 06/04/1944, powered by Junkers Jumo 211R. Wn 1000015.
Ta 154V 16 Wn 1000016 first flew on 20/04/1944, powered by Junkers Jumo 211R engines.
Ta 154V 17 Wn 1000017 in 1944 was in the process of assembly at Erfurt but not completed.
Ta 154V 18 Wn 1000018 flew on 29/04/1944 with two engines Junker Jumo 211R engines.
Ta 154V 19 Wn 1000019 first flew on 01/07/1944, powered by two Junkers Jumo 211R.
Ta 154V 20 - Ta 154C1 Wn 120105 (0035) was the prototype for the Ta 154 C-1, but it was not completed when captured on 01/07/1944.
Ta 154V 21 - Ta 154C-2/3 Wn 120106 (0036), prototype for the Ta 154 C-2 then C-3, was not completed.
Ta 154V 22: 1st flown on 12/06/1944 by Sander at Langenhagen.
Unfortunately, the RAF reached the factory producing the specialized glue first and the production aircraft were assembled using a cheaper alternative. Three aircraft soon disintegrated in flight and production was stopped while a solution was sought. Hermann Goering, who knew little about the programme, accused Tank of sabotage, and an unrelated crash saw cancellation of the whole programme in August 1944. A plan to use some of the completed aircraft packed with explosives to blow up US bomber formations did not proceed.
Ta 154V 1
TE+FE Wn 100001
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211F, later 211N.
Ta 154V2 - Ta 154A-1/R1
TE+FF Wn 100002
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211F and NR with water-methanol injection
Armament: MG 81Z
Ta154V3- Ta 154A-0/U1
Wn 100003, TE+FG
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211F & Junker Jumo 211N.
Armament: Four MG15/20guns.
Ta 154 V4
Wn 100004, TE+FH
Ta 154 V5 - Ta 154A-4
Wn 100005, TE+FI
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211N / Junker Jumo 213
Ta 154V6 - Ta 154A-4
Wn 100006, TE+FJ,
Engines: 2 Junkers Jumo 213 / Junkers Jumo 211N / Junkers Jumo 213A
Wn 100007, TF+FK
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211N
Props VS 11.
Wn 100008, TF+FL
Engines: Junkers Jumo 213A
Props: VS 9.
Wn 100009, TF+FM
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211N
Props: VS 11.
Ta 154 V10
Wn 1000010, TE+FN
Engines: Junkers Jumo 213, later Junkers Jumo 213A-1
Props: VS-8, later VS-111
Ta 154V 15 - Ta 154A 2
Engines; Junkers Jumo 211R.
Ta 154V 16
Engines: Junkers Jumo 211R
Ta 154V 18
Engines: Junker Jumo 211R
Ta 154V 19
Engines: two Junkers Jumo 211R.
Ta 154V 20 - Ta 154C1
Wn 120105 (0035)
Ta 154V 22
Engine: 2 x 1500hp Jumo 211R
Max take-off weight: 8930 kg / 19687 lb
Wingspan: 16.00 m / 52 ft 6 in
Length: 12.10 m / 39 ft 8 in
Height: 3.50 m / 11 ft 6 in
Max. speed: 650 km/h / 404 mph