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MESSERSCHMITT Me.163B KOMET
1943
 
FIGHTER/INTERCEPTOR
 
     
   
 
 
 
OVERVIEW
 
 

The Messerschmitt Me.163B Fighter/Interceptor was the only rocket powered aircraft to reach operational status in the world.

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DATA
 
 
MESSERSCHMITT Me.163B-1
 
CLASSIFICATION
CLASS :
 FIGHTER/INTERCEPTOR
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN :
 GERMANY
MANUFACTURER :
 MESSERSCHMITT AG
FIRST FLIGHT :
 AUGUST 1943
SERVICE DELIVERY :
 APRIL 1944
NUMBER BUILT :
 
   
SPECIFICATION
SPAN :
 30ft 7in (9.3m)
LENGTH :
 18ft 8in (5.69m)
HEIGHT :
 9ft 0in (2.74m)
WING AREA :
 186sq ft (17.3sq m)
WEIGHT EMPTY :
 4,191lbs (1,905kg)
WEIGHT LOADED :
 9,042lbs (4,110kg)
WEIGHT MAX :
 
ARMAMENT :
 2 x 30mm Fixed MK 108 Cannons in Wing Roots
BOMB LOAD :
 None
POWER PLANT :
 One 3,750lb (1,700kg) Thrust Walter HWK 509A-2
 
 Bi-Propellant Rocket Burning Hydrogen Peroxide
 
 (T-Stoff) & Hydrazine/Methanol (C-Stoff)
CREW :
 1: Pilot
   
PERFORMANCE
LANDING SPEED :
 
CRUISING SPEED :
 
MAXIMUM SPEED :
 596mph (960km/h) @ 32,800ft (10,000m)
CLIMB RATE :
 Climb 16,400ft (5,000m)/min
RANGE :
 62 mi (100km) Max
SERVICE CEILING :
 54,000ft (16,500m)
 
 
 
 
REFERENCES
 
 

Gunston, Bill. The Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II. New York: Prentice Hall Press. 1988. ISBN 0-13-450454-2.

Gunston, Bill. JANE'S Fighting Aircraft of World War II. New Jersey: Crescent Books, 1992. ISBN 0-517-67964-7.

 
 
     
 
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