Aircraft Profiles
Aircraft
Messerschmitt Me-163 - Part I
The Messerschmitt Me 163 was a rocket powered fighter developed in Germany during WW2. It entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1944 and although not that successful operationally, it was revolutionary and changed the way people on both sides thought about fighter design.

The Me 163 was faster than anything else in the sky by a wide margin, being capable of over 590mph (960kph) but it had very limited endurance (around 8 minutes) before it had to glide back down to base. This problem as well as the instability of the fuel led to it being dropped in favour of the Me 262 which had more conventional jet engines.

The Me 163 was armed with 2 x 30mm cannon.
Country of Origin:
Germany
Me-163B Luftwaffe EK16
Me-163B Luftwaffe II/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe II/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe II/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe II/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe II/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe II/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe 2/JG400
Me-163B Luftwaffe 2/JG400