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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.



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

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