Monday, September 10, 2012

WWII Aircraft of the Day - The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet - Germany
By Salem

The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet was one of the most exciting war planes ever built.
It made it's first flight in 1941 but due to it's radical design, it didn't enter service until 1944.
The Komet was powered by a rocket engine and could climb up to 9140 metres in two and a half minutes.
But it did have an unquenchable thirst for fuel and it could only fly for ten minutes before it needed to be re-fueled.  
To reduce weight, the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet had a detachable undercarriage, and to be able to land it had to skid on its belly.
But it's life was short lived as by the time they were introduced into service, the Nazi's were staring at defeat.

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