Blohm & Voss P 178

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Blohm & Voss P 178
Role Dive bomber
Manufacturer Blohm & Voss
Designer Richard Vogt
Status Design project

The Blohm & Voss P 178 was a German jet-powered dive bomber of unusual asymmetric form, proposed during World War II.

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]

Specification[edit]

900 kilograms-force (8.8 kN)

Data from Masters (1982). except where noted.[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1[citation needed]
  • Wingspan: 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Junkers Jumo 004B turbojet, 8.8 kN (2,000 lbf) thrust (900 kg static thrust)
  • Powerplant: 2 × (unknown make) rockets

Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 15 mm MG 151/15 machine guns
  • Bombs: 1 × 500 kg or 1 x 1,000 kg

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
  3. ^ David Masters; German Jet Genesis, Jane's, 1982, p.26.

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