List of German aircraft projects, 1939–45

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The aircraft in this list include prototype versions of aircraft used by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and unfinished wartime experimental programmes. In the former, development can stretch back to the 1920s and in the latter the project must have started between 1939-1945.

Legitimacy of German projects[edit]

After the surrender of Nazi Germany several of the secret or unfinished projects of German military aircraft gained wide publicity. Also certain postwar planes such as the Bell X-5, F-86 Sabre or the MiG-15 were deemed to have been based on the pioneering work of World War II German aircraft designers.[1][2][3] As a consequence, a myth developed about the technological achievements of the Third Reich and about “Nazi secret weapons” still shrouded in mystery.[4] The legend was partly based on truth, but certain non genuine drawings and pictures of German weapons appeared in the intervening decades in certain more or less dodgy books and magazines. In order to make the forged Nazi projects more plausible these were mostly displayed along with diagrams and data of legitimate designs. Directed towards a public too ready to accept such portrayals as true, aircraft such as the Messerschmitt Zerstörer or the Messerschmitt P.1079 Schwalbe[5] for example have been given wide publicity despite the fact that they are of dubious authenticity.[6]

German aircraft manufacturers such as Henschel in Kassel had their archives destroyed in the course of the Allied bombing of the Third Reich at the end of World War II.[7] Hence some of the late Henschel projects that were recreated later are based on documents found in other locations or on second-hand sources and not on the original Henschel technical drawings.

Arado[edit]

(Arado Flugzeugwerke GmbH)

Bachem[edit]

(Bachem-Werke)

Blohm & Voss[edit]

(Blohm & Voss also Hamburger Flugzeugbau)

BMW[edit]

(Bayerische Motoren-Werke GmbH)

Daimler-Benz[edit]

(Daimler-Benz)

Dornier[edit]

(Dornier Werke GmbH)

DFS[edit]

(Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug)

Fieseler[edit]

(Gerhard Fieseler Werke GmbH)

Flettner[edit]

(Flettner Flugzeugbau GmbH / Anton Flettner G.m.b.H.)

Focke-Achgelis[edit]

Focke-Wulf[edit]

(Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau G.m.b.H.)

Gotha[edit]

( Gothaer Waggonfabrik)

Heinkel[edit]

(Ernst Heinkel A.G.)

Henschel[edit]

(Henschel Flugzeugwerke A.G.)

Horten[edit]

Hütter[edit]

(Ulrich Hütter and Wolfgang Hütter)

Junkers[edit]

(Junkers Flugzeug-Werke A.G.)

Lippisch[edit]

Messerschmitt[edit]

Schempp-Hirth[edit]

Škoda-Kauba[edit]

Sombold[edit]

Stöckel[edit]

Weser[edit]

Zeppelin[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Winchester, Jim. "Bell X-5." Concept Aircraft: Prototypes, X-Planes and Experimental Aircraft. Kent, UK: Grange Books plc., 2005. ISBN 1-84013-809-2
  2. ^ "North American F-86." Aviation History On-line Museum
  3. ^ The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 - plane-crazy.net
  4. ^ Endless Return of the Nazi Saucers - The Nazi UFO Mythos
  5. ^ Messerschmitt P.1079/18 Schwalbe
  6. ^ "Wildgans", "Libelle", "Wespe", P.1106: bogus Messerschmitt Projects?
  7. ^ Henschel, a Company En Route to International Stature
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh di dj dk dl dm dn do dp dq dr ds dt du dv dw dx dy dz ea eb ec ed ee ef eg eh ei ej ek el em en eo ep eq er es et eu ev ew ex ey ez fa fb fc fd fe ff fg fh fi fj fk fl fm fn fo fp fq fr fs ft fu fv fw fx fy fz ga gb gc gd ge gf gg gh gi gj gk gl gm gn go gp gq gr gs gt gu gv gw gx gy gz ha hb hc hd he hf hg hh hi hj hk hl hm hn ho hp hq hr hs ht hu hv hw hx hy hz ia ib ic id ie if ig ih ii ij ik il im in io ip iq ir is it iu iv iw ix iy iz ja jb jc jd je jf jg jh ji jj jk jl Nowarra, Heinz J. (1993). Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 Vol.1 - AEG-Dornier (in German). Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7637-5464-9. 
  9. ^ "Blohm & Voss BV 237 Dimensions, Weights & Performances". luft46.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "BV P.188". www.luft46.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  11. ^ "BV P.188". www.luftfahrtmuseum.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  12. ^ a b "Blohm + Voss". www.wehrmacht-history.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  13. ^ "Fieseler Fi-356". Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e Witkowski, Rotorcraft of Third Reich
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 - Vol.2 - Flugzeugtypen Erla-Heinkel. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5466-0 (Band 2)
  16. ^ Luft'46 Fw Jägerprojekt VII Flitzer]
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 - Vol.3 - Flugzeugtypen Henschel-Messerschmitt. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5467-9 (Band 3)
  18. ^ a b c d e http://www.wehrmacht-history.com/manufacturers/junkers-manufacturer.htm
  19. ^ Skoda-Kauba Sk P.14.02 - Luft'46
  20. ^ Stöckel Rammschussjäger
  21. ^ Stöckel (Blohm & Voss) Rammschussjäger
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 Vol.4 – Flugzeugtypen MIAG-Zeppelin. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5468-7 (Band 4)
Bibliography
  • Rys, Marek German Air Projects 1935-1945 vol.3 (Bombers). Mushroom model publications. 2007. ISBN 978-83-89450-30-2
  • Witkowski, Ryszard "Rotorcraft of the Third Reich". Mushroom Model. 2007. Redbourn, UK. ISBN 978-83-89450-43-2
  • Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 - Vol.1 - Flugzeugtypen AEG-Dornier. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5465-2 (Band 1)
  • Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 - Vol.2 - Flugzeugtypen Erla-Heinkel. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5466-0 (Band 2)
  • Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 - Vol.3 - Flugzeugtypen Henschel-Messerschmitt. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5467-9 (Band 3)
  • Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933-1945 Vol.4 – Flugzeugtypen MIAG-Zeppelin. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5468-7 (Band 4)

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