Messerschmitt Me 265

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The Messerschmitt Me 265 was a design project for a Zerstörer (heavy fighter), produced by leading German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt in World War II.

Design[edit]

The Me 265 was designed in 1942, intended to replace the failing Me 210. It was also known as the Lippisch Li P 10.[1]

The Me 265 was an aerodynamically advanced design, using a tailless delta-shaped flying wing and two pusher propellers built into the wing. The two-man crew sat back-to-back in the cockpit. It was powered by two Daimler-Benz DB 603 liquid-cooled, 12-cylinder piston engines, each engine producing 1,750 hp. These engines were mounted in a pusher configuration.[1]

Ultimately, the design of the Me 265/Li P 10 was rejected in favour of the more conventional Me 410, which re-used a greater proportion of Me 210 components and could be brought into production more quickly.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 10 m (32.8 ft)
  • Wingspan: 17.40 m (57.1 ft)
  • Height: ()
  • Wing area: 45 m² (484 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 6,300 kg (13,889 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)

Performance

Armament

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945: An Illustrated History. Lepage, Jean-Denis G. G. McFarland, 2009

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