Blohm & Voss P 170

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BV P 170
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Scale model of a P 170 model
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Blohm & Voss
Status Design project

The Blohm & Voss P 170 was a three-engined unarmed fast bomber project by aircraft manufacturer Blohm & Voss during the Second World War.


Designed by Richard Vogt in 1942, the P 170 was intended to meet a requirement for a schnellbomber, a bomber so fast that it could outrun contemporary fighters and would not need defensive armament. Accommodating a crew of two, it would be driven by three high-powered BMW 801D radial engines.[1]

The layout was unusual, with the three engines aligned side by side just in front of the shoulder-mounted straight, untapered wing. The central engine left no room for the crew, who were moved aft in the cylindrical fuselage to a tandem cockpit just in front of the tailplane. The outer engines were mounted on large wingtip pods of the same cylindrical section, each with a small tail fin and rudder. This location spread the aircraft weight across the span, considerably reducing the stress loads and weight of the wing structure. Steel was to be used extensively throughout its construction, with wooden control surfaces.[2]

The main undercarriage comprised three identical retractable units just behind each engine and retracting up underneath the main fuel tanks. A single relatively large tailwheel retracted up behind the cockpit.[2]

Two variants were offered but neither was built.[1]


Data from Herwig & Rode (2000)

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 14.3 m (46 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 16 m (52 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.65 m (12 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 44 m2 (470 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 9,100 kg (20,062 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,300 kg (29,321 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 2800
  • Powerplant: 3 × BMW 801D Propeller engines


  • Maximum speed: 820 km/h (510 mph; 443 kn)
  • Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi; 1,080 nmi)
  • Combat range: 2,500 km (1,553 mi; 1,350 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 11,650 m (38,220 ft)


See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



  1. ^ a b Cowin 1963.
  2. ^ a b Pohlmann 1982.


  • Hugh Cowin, "Blohm und Voss Projects of World War II", Part II, Air Pictorial, Nov 1963, pp. 368–370.
  • Dieter Herwig & Heinz Rode; The Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Strategic Bombers 1935-1945, Midland Counties, 2000. ISBN 978-1857800920
  • Hermann Pohlmann, Chronik Eines Flugzeugwerkes: 1934-1945, Motorbuch, 1982, pp. 172–175.

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