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Messerschmitt Me 323
Specifications

Type: Heavy Cargo Transport
Origin: Messerscmitt AG
Models: D And E
First Flight: Fall 1941
Service Delivery: May 1942
Final Delivery: March 1944

Engine: Model: Gnome-Rhône 14N 48/49
Type: 14-Cylinder two row radials
Horsepower: 1,140         Number: Six

Dimensions:
Wing span: 55m (180 ft. 5.5 in.)
Length: 28.15m (92 ft. 4.25 in.)
Height: 10.15m (33 ft. 3.5 in.)
Wing Surface Area: N/A

Weights:
Empty: 27,330kg (60,260 lbs.)
Maximum: 43,000kg (94,815 lbs.)

Performance:
Maximum Speed: 285kph (177 mph) on tow
Initial climb: 710ft/min (216m/min)
Range: 684 miles (1100km)
Service Ceiling: 13,100 ft (4000m)

  Armament:
Five MG 15 mounted in nose mounts
Six Mg 34 infantry MG's in beam windows

Waffentraeger (Weapons Carrier)
11 20mm MG 151 cannon
and
4 13mm MG 131 Machine Guns

This version also carried several tonnes of armor and bulletproof glass. Eventually it was decided that escort fighters would be more effective and this version did not see wide-spread production.

Bomb load:
One 17.7 ton bomb was dropped in trials, though the aircraft crashed during the trials due to structural failure after the test aircraft had been straffed by Allied fighters days earlier.

Source: Wikipedia

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