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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=53173
Submitted by: Sensekhmet
Comments: 9  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 06-09-2006
View Stats Category: Photoshop/Art
Description:
Messerschmitt 163 Komet a.k.a. Teufels Ei (the devil's egg) rocket fighter/glider.


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#1
6-09-2006 @ 01:06:04 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
Yep, that's right: a rocket plane. Propelled by a Walter HWK liquid-fuel rocket and armed with two Rheinmetall-Borsig 30mm cannons, it carried 120 rounds of ammunition and enough fuel for 8 minutes. After take off the carriage cart was discarded, the plane rapidly ascended (top speed of 600mph), made one pass at the bombers and glided down to earth where it - hopefully - landed on it's single retractable ski.

Madness, pure madness.


#2
6-09-2006 @ 01:16:31 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
The performance of the Me 163 far exceeded that of contemporary piston-engined fighters. After take-off from a dolly, it would be traveling over 200 mph (300 km/h) at the end of the runway, at which point it would pull up into an 80-degree angle of climb all the way to the bombers' altitude. It could go even higher if need be, reaching 40,000 ft (12,000 m) in an unheard-of three minutes. Once there, it would level off and quickly accelerate to speeds around 550 mph (880 km/h) or faster, which no Allied plane could hope to match.



#3
6-09-2006 @ 01:17:41 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
"After take off the carriage cart was discarded" and was often prone to bonce back up and hit the plane

#4
6-09-2006 @ 01:22:32 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#3, That's because the VTEKKKKkkkK was slow to engage.

#5
6-09-2006 @ 02:19:10 PM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
The Nation Avaition museum here has 1 complete one and one probably complete. I have only seen the other one's body (fully painted). It's common for them to take of the wings for storage. I thought the HS-162 was just wingless. They just stored the wing/engine assembly seperately.

[Edited by Altima35se2003 on 6-09-2006 @ 02:19:49 PM]


#6
6-09-2006 @ 04:51:04 PM
Posted By : blackcat77 Reply | Edit | Del
US and Brit fighter pilots learned quick that all they had to do was wait for the Komet to run out of fuel -- which was just 5 minutes or so, and then shoot it down while it was in a glide.

It was fueled by a mixture of two chemicals called C-stoff and T-stoff. If even a drop mixed during the fueling process the plane blew up like a bomb, and the chemicals were so corrosive that they would melt flesh right to the bone if it got on your skin.

Overall, I'd give them credit for having a good idea but it didn't work out in practice.


#7
6-09-2006 @ 05:07:25 PM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
#6, They also learned the ME-262 was slow as hell on landing. Snipe!

#8
6-09-2006 @ 05:21:43 PM
Posted By : Altima35se2003 Reply | Edit | Del
http://www.xs4all.nl/~robdebie/me163/canada.htm

only mentions one, but there are two.


#9
6-11-2006 @ 05:11:05 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#6, Good idea? Insane: yes, good: no. I could never be forced to pilot a blow-up prone rocket glider.
#5, You mean Heinkel He162?


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