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MESSERSCHMITT Me 264

MESSERSCHMITT Me 264

TYPE:Ultra Long Range Bomber
ORIGIN:Messerschmitt AG
MODELS:V1 to V3
CREW:5-6
FIRST FLIGHT:December 1942
SERVICE DELIVERY:N/A
FINAL DELIVERY:N/A

ENGINE:
Model: BMW 801D or G
Type: 18-cylinder radials
Number: 4         Horsepower: 1,700 hp


DIMENSIONS: V3
Wing span: 141 ft. (43m)
Length: 68 ft. 7 in. (20.90m)
Height: 14 ft. (4.30m)
Wing Surface Area: 1,376 ft² (127.8 m²)

  WEIGHTS: V3
Empty: 46,627 lbs. (21,150 kg)
Loaded: 100,400 lbs. (45,540 kg)
Maximum: 123,460 lbs. (37,630 kg.)

PERFORMANCE:
Maximum Speed: 351 mph (565 kph)
Rate Of Climb: 390 ft/min (120 m/min)
Combat Radius: N/A
Max. Range: 9,321 miles at 217 mph
Service Ceiling: 26,000 ft (8000 m)


ARMAMENT:
Type: 13mm MG 131 machine gun
Number: 4

Type: 20mm MG 151 cannon
Number: 2

BOMB LOAD:
6,600 lbs (3,000 kg) of assorted ordnance.


Comments
The Me 264 was designed from the begining as an 'Amerika' bomber. It's goal was to be able to carry a small load to the United States and return or a heavier load and ditch at sea and the crew picked up by U-boat.
The first prototype flew in December 1942, but soon allied pressure forced Messerschmitt to slow development and the prototypes were eventually destroyed by Allied bombing.


MESSERSCHMITT Me 264

MESSERSCHMITT Me 264

MESSERSCHMITT Me 264


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

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