Blohm & Voss P.178

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BV P.178
Role Dive bomber
Manufacturer Blohm & Voss
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built None completed

The Blohm & Voss P.178 was an experimental jet-powered dive bomber designed during World War II by Blohm & Voss. The bomber had an unusual, asymmetric configuration.

Overview[edit]

This asymmetrically-designed dive bomber had one Junkers Jumo 004B turbojet located under the wing to the starboard side of the fuselage. The pilot sat in a cockpit in the forward fuselage, with a large fuel tank located to the rear of the cockpit.[1] Beneath the fuel tank, there was a deep recess in which an SC 500 bomb could be carried within the fuselage, or an SC 1000 bomb which would protrude slightly out of the fuselage. Two solid-fuel auxiliary rockets extended from the rear, used for take-off. Two 15  mm (.60 in) MG 151 cannons were located in the nose.[2]

Armament[edit]

  • 2 × 15 mm MG 151 cannons
  • 1 × SC 500 or 1 × SC 1000 bombs

Powerplant[edit]

  • 1 × asymmetric Junkers Jumo 004 jet engines
  • 2 × rockets for extra thrust

Crew[edit]

  • 1 pilot

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blohm & Voss P.178 - Luft'46
  2. ^ Jean-Denis Lepage, Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945: An Illustrated Guide

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