Messerschmitt Me 609
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Design and development
The project was initiated in response to a 1941 Reich Air Ministry requirement for a new Zerstörer (destroyer) to replace the Bf 110 in a minimum time and with a minimum of new parts. Messerschmitt's response was the Me 609, which would use the failed Me 309 project to form the basis of the new fighter.
The Me 609 would have joined the two Me 309 fuselages with a new centre wing section into which the two inboard wheels of the landing gear would retract. The Me 609 kept the Me 309's tricycle undercarriage which resulted in an ungainly six-wheel arrangement. The Me 609 would have had its cockpit in the port fuselage, the starboard being smoothed over.
Two versions were planned: a heavy fighter with four or six 30 mm MK 108 cannons, and a Schnellbomber (light bomber) variant with two 30 mm MK 108 cannons and a bomb load of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) carried beneath the fuselages.
Specifications (Me 609, as designed)
Data fromGeneral characteristics
- Crew: one, pilot
- Length: 9.72 m (31 ft 11 in)
- Wingspan: 15.75 m (52 ft 6 in)
- Height: 3.43 m (11 ft 3 in)
- Empty weight: 5,247 kg (11,660 lb)
- Loaded weight: 6,534 kg (14,520 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 603, () each
- Maximum speed: 760 km/h (472 mph)</ul>Armament
- Guns: 2 × 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 cannons
- 4 × 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 cannons
- Bombs: 1000 kg (2,204 lb) of bombs
- Lepage 2009, p. 222.
- Lepage 2009, p. 223.
- Green 1960, p. 191.
- Green, William. War Planes of the Second World War, Fighters, vol. I. London: Hanover House, 1960.
- Lepage, Jean-Denis G.G. Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945: An Illustrated Guide. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7864-3937-9.
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