Messerschmitt Me 265
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.
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.
- Crew: 2
- 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)
- Maximum speed: 675 km/h at 5,400 m (419 mph at 17,717 ft)
- Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi)
- Service ceiling: 9,500 m (31,168 ft)</ul>Armament
- Guns: Most likely 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns and 2 × 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons forward-firing; 2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns rearward-firing
- Bombs: up to 1,000 kg (2,205 lb)
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Related lists
- Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945: An Illustrated History. Lepage, Jean-Denis G. G. McFarland, 2009
- Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Ground Attack & Special Purpose Aircraft, D. Herwig & H. Rode, ISBN 1-85780-150-4
- www.luft46.com on Me 265
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