Zeppelin Rammer

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Rammer
Zeppelin rammer-64.jpg
Role Ramming interceptor
National origin Nazi Germany
Manufacturer Zeppelin
Primary user Luftwaffe

The Zeppelin Rammer (German: Rammjäger) was a proposed design by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin intended to use the technique of aerial ramming against the allied bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II.

Description[edit]

A rocket-powered small aircraft with straight, constant-chord wings, the aircraft was to be towed or carried aloft by another aircraft and released when near enemy bombers.[1] Igniting a Schmidding 533 solid-fuel rocket engine, it was to make a first attacking pass using the 14 nose-mounted R4M 55 mm rockets, before attempting to ram the enemy bomber's wings or tail.[2][3] It was expected to survive the ramming of the bomber owing to the strength of its wing, which had a steel leading edge, and would make a landing on a retractable skid.[4]

Owing to the high risks for the pilot inherent in its operation this aircraft is sometimes referred to as a suicide weapon,[5] however it was originally not intended as such. After January 1945 an order of sixteen prototypes was placed but the Zeppelin factory was destroyed by bombers, terminating all work on the project.[4]

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ford, Roger (2013). Germany's Secret Weapons of World War II. London, United Kingdom: Amber Books. p. 224. ISBN 9781909160569. 
  2. ^ Luft'46 Zeppelin Rammer
  3. ^ Germany's Secret Weapons in World War II (excerpt via Google Books) - Wood, Paul & Ford, Roger, Zenith Imprint, 2000, ISBN 0-7603-0847-0, p. 144
  4. ^ a b Michel Van Pelt, Rocketing Into the Future: The History and Technology of Rocket Planes, p. 100
  5. ^ German Suicidal Aircraft

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