This was another unorthodox design from Blohm und Voß for a single
engine heavy attack bomber. The BV P.163.01 was powered by a Daimler Benz
DB 613C, which was two DB 603G engines mounted side-by-side, and the BV
P.163.02 was powered by a BMW 803, two 14 cylinder radial engines mounted
in a tandem arrangement. Both versions drove two contrarotating propellers.
The pilot and radio operator/navigator sat in a nacelle located at the
extreme end of the port wing, with a gunner to the rear. Another nacelle
was located on the starboard wingtip, manned by two gunners. The bombbay
was located mid-fuselage and could hold 2000 kg (4400 lbs) of bombs. Armament
consisted of 6 MG 151 15mm machine guns, two twin mountings at the rear
of each nacelle, one forward firing gun in the front of the starboard nacelle
and one mounted in a turret on top of the starboard nacelle. In order to
test this unconventional arrangement, the asymmetrical BV 141 had a scond
cockpit installed on the wingtip with the controls coupled to those in
the main cockpit. This led to the discovery that this arrangement warrented
no further development.
Span: 20.5 m (67' 3.7") Length: P.163.01> 15.6 m (51' 2.6") Max. Speed: P.163.01> 543 km/h (338 mph)
P.163.02> 15 m (49' 3") P.163.02> 570 km/h (354 mph)
Color side view of the BV P.163.01, armed with the Hs 294A anti-shipping missile....
Color side view of the BV P.163.02, armed with the radio guided Fritz "X" bomb....
Both images from ReichDreams Dossier #13, Asymmetric Planes by J. Miranda & P.Mercado