F+W C-36 Explained
The F+W C-36 was an indigeneous multi-purpose fighter-bomber designed in 1939 by the Swiss Federal Constructions Works (EKW) and is comparable to the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik. However, this aircraft has a twin fin layout, allowing the rear gunner to have a better visibility range.
A fair few were built and, along with Morane-Saulnier M.S.406's, fought off trespassing Luftwaffe aircraft to defend Swiss neutrality.
Soon the aircraft would be relegated to training and target-towing duties.
Many still fly to this very day.
- C-3602 - two prototypes built by EKW powered by Hispano-Suiza engines
- C-3603 - pre-production series (10 built)
- C-3603-1 - main production version (148 built, at least 60 later converted to target tugs)
- C-3603-1 TR - trainer version (2 built)
- C-3604 - Post-war development using Saurer YS-2 engine (13 built)
- C-3605 - Turboprop version with Lycoming T53 engine (24 converted from C-3603-1)
- Book: Taylor, Michael J. H.. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. 1989. Studio Editions. London. 348, 382.
- Book: World Aircraft Information Files. Bright Star Publishing. London. File 894 Sheet 01.