Designed by Kurt Tank to meet a Reichsluftfahrtministerium specification for a short range reconnaissance aircraft. Design work started in early 1937.
The cockpit was completely glassed in allowing for the best visibility for the pilot and observer.
The wheels were very tough allowing the Fw 189 to use rough air fields. The wheels retracted into armored doors.
Wings / Tail
There were four ETC 50 racks that could carry anti-personnel bombs but were often empty.
The wings were very strong. Flaps were electrically operated. The Rudders, elevator, and ailerons were manual.
The twin booms and the full length elevator in the tail allowed for exceptional maneuverability.