This was the last design of the Blohm und Voss P.188 jet
bomber. The fuselage center section was designed as an armored steel shell
which was to hold the fuel supply, with the forward and rear sections being
bays for the tandem twin main landing gear wheels. The wing had a constant
3 degree dihedral and was of a very novel design, featuring both a 20 degree
swept back inner section and then a 20 degree swept forward outer section.
This was calculated to give good performance at both low and high speeds.
The only drawback was excessive air pressure on the wing tips, which was
to be corrected by a variable incidence system which could be adjusted through
12 degrees. A crew of two sat in the extensively glazed, pressurized cockpit,
which was flush with the fuselage. Four Jumo 004C turbojets were mounted in
two nacelles, which were located beneath each wing. There were also an auxiliary
'outrigger' type landing gear outboard of the engine nacelles, these being more to steady
the aircraft, and did not touch the ground when it was on an even keel. The
tail was of a twin fin and rudder design, with a dihedral tailplane and the
extreme tail had an airbrake. Armament consisted of two remote-controlled
FDL 131 Z twin 13mm machine guns firing to the rear, and the bombload was
2000 kg (4400 lbs.) which was to be carried externally.
Span: 27 m (88' 7.8") Length: 17.55 m (57' 7.5") Max. Speed: 820 km.h (509 mph)
|Unicraft||1/72||resin||the only model of this project
The Blohm und Voss P.188.04 w/underwing Hs 293D television-equipped
Image from ReichDreams Dossier # 14, Forward-Swept Wing Planes by J. Miranda and P. Mercado