Friday, February 12, 2016

Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet Vs B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber

The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational. Its design was revolutionary, and had performance unrivaled at the time. German test pilot Heini Dittmar in early July 1944 reached 1,130 km/h (700 mph), a flight airspeed record unmatched by turbojet-powered aircraft for almost a decade after. Over 300 aircraft were built, but the Komet proved ineffective as a fighter and was responsible for the destruction of only about nine Allied aircraft. About; 16 air victories for 10 losses, according to other sources.

Watch it go into battle in Simulated Combat.

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