Since BMW was heavily involved with the production of the BMW jet engines
(BMW 003 and BMW 018), the development of new designs was handled by EZS,
a subsidiary of BMW. Four designs that emphasized simplicity and ease of
construction were submitted, under the direction of engineer Dr. Huber,
on November 3, 1944.
The first BMW Strahljäger (jet fighter) design had the BMW 003 jet engine mounted behind the cockpit, within the fuselage. A front air intake was ducted beneath the cockpit to the turbojet, which exhausted above a tail boom. The tail featured a twin fin and rudder design, with the tailplanes exhibiting a small amount of dihedral. A tricycle landing gear arrangement was chosen, with the front gear retracting to the rear and the main gear retracting inwards. Two MK 108 30mm cannon were the designed armament.
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|There are no models of the BMW Strahljäger Projekt I available at the present time|
Above image from Koei WWII Illustrated: German Project Aircraft