Messerschmitt Me 609
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|A model of the Me 609.|
|Developed from||Messerschmitt Me 309|
The Messerschmitt Me 609 was a short-lived World War II German project which joined two fuselages of the Me 309 fighter prototype together to form a heavy fighter. The project was initiated in response to a 1941 Reich Air Ministry requirement for a new Zerstörer (destroyer) to replace the Bf 110 in a minimum time and with minimum new parts.
Messerschmitt's response was the Me 609, which would use the failed Me 309 project to form the basis of the new fighter.
The Me 609 would have joined the two Me 309 fuselages with a new center wing section into which the two inboard wheels of the landing gear would retract. The Me 609 kept the Me 309's tricycle undercarriage which resulted in an ungainly six-wheel arrangement. The Me 609 would have had its cockpit in the port fuselage, the starboard being smoothed over.
The finished project would have been used as both a heavy fighter and Schnellbomber, but by the time designs were being ironed out, the revolutionary Me 262 turbojet negated the need for further piston-engined fighter design.
Specifications (Me 609, as designed)
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- Crew: one, pilot
- Length: 9.72 m (31 ft 11 in)
- Wingspan: 15.75 m (52 ft 6 in)
- Height: 3.43 m (11 ft 3 in)
- Empty weight: 5,247 kg (11,660 lb)
- Loaded weight: 6,534 kg (14,520 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 603, () each
- Maximum speed: 760 km/h (472 mph)
- Guns: 2 × 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 103 cannons
- 2 × 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 cannons
- Bombs: 500 kg (1,102 lb) of bombs
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