Messerschmitt Bf 161
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The Bf 161 was a specialised reconnaissance aircraft based on the Bf 110 and similar to the Bf 162 designed as a light bomber. The prototype V1 was powered by two Junkers Jumo 210 inline engines and first flew on 9 March 1938. It was followed by a second prototype powered by two Daimler-Benz DB 600a engines and first flew on 30 August 1938.
The aircraft did not enter production, as it was soon decided that a new aircraft type was not needed and variants of the Bf 110 could perform the reconnaissance role.
Specifications (Bf 161 V1)
- Crew: 3
- Length: 12.85 m (42 ft 2 in)
- Wingspan: 16.69 m (54 ft 9 in)
- Height: 3.64 m (11 ft 11 in)
- Wing area: 38.5 m2 (414 ft2)
- Empty weight: 4,890 kg (10,781 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Junkers Jumo 210G, 730 kW (979 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 440 km/h (274 mph)
- Service ceiling: 8,100 m (26,568 ft)
- Related development
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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