Aeroplane Aviation Archive — Issue 33 The World’s Fastest Aircraft

(Jacob Rumans) #1

Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a
Max speed: 702mph (1,130km/h)
Length: 19.16ft (5.84m)
Height: 9.09ft (2.77m)
Wingspan: 30.58ft (9.32m)
Weight (empty): 4,200lb (1,905kg)
Max T/O weight: 9,061lb (4,110kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Walter HWK 509A-2
Service ceiling: 39,700ft (12,100m)
Range: Powered endurance of
7min 30sec
Armament: 2 x MK 108 cannon
Above: A row of new Junkers-built
Me 163Bs in storage at the aircraft
park at Kiel-Holtenau after capture.
Left: The most successful Me 163 pilot, Siegfried
Schubert, had just three successes to his credit,
though he scored two B-17 kills in a single
Komet mission.

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