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Messerschmitt Me 261


[Source: Bundesarchiv]

Type: Long Range aircraft.
Origin: Messerschmitt AG
Models: V1 to V3
Crew: Five
First Flight: December 23, 1940
Final Delivery: 1943
Number Produced: 3 Aircraft

Engine:
Me 261V1 & V2:
   Model: Daimler-Benz DB 606A/B
   Type: Double Engine
   Number: Two       Horsepower: 2,700 hp

Me 261V3:
   Model: Daimler-Benz DB 610A-1/B-1
   Type: Double Engine
   Number: Two       Horsepower: 2,950 hp

Dimensions:
Wing span: 88 ft. 1.75 in. (26.87m)
Length: 54 ft. 8.75 in. (16.675m)
Height: 15 ft. 5.75 in. (4.72m)
Wing Surface Area: N/A

Weights: No Data
  Performance:
Maximum Speed:
    Me 261V3: 385 mph (620 kph)
Initial Climb: N/A
Service Ceiling (Typical): N/A
Range at 248 mph (400 kph):
   6,935 miles (11,000 km)

Armament: None

Payload: None

Avionics: N/A

Comments: Designed from the outset to break records (it's original purpose was to fly the Olympic flame from Berlin to Tokyo.) Late the V3 was used for long-range reconnaissance with Auf./Ob.d.L.


Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London

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