Blohm & Voss BV P.215

          A specification was issued by the Technische Luftrüstung (Technical Air Armaments Board) in late January 1944 for the definitive night fighter. Preliminary requirements were to be a top speed of 900 km/h (559 mph), an endurance of four hours, armament consisting of four cannon and internally mounted radar (FuG 240 or 244).
          Dr. Richard Vogt, who designed the BV P.212, immediately began work on an aircraft  to meet the specifications issued for the new night fighter. Vogt used the BV P.212 as the overall basis for the new BV P.215 night fighter. The fuselage was short, with an air intake in the nose leading directly to the two Heinkel He S 011 mounted in the rear fuselage. As with other Blohm & Voss Vogt designs, the fuselage structure was built up out of the intake tube, and all components attached to this structure (see the BV P.211.02). The wings featured a 30 degree sweepback and 6 degrees of dihedral; internally the support came from a wide wing box, constructed from welded steel. The outer wing tips angled down at 23 degrees, and assisted stability and control. Warm air diverted from the engine compartment was circulated through the wings for de-icing purposes. There were two small vertical fins and rudders located on the trailing edge of the wing, where the outer wing tips angled downwards. Total fuel capacity was 7800 liters (2061 gallons), stored mainly in wing tanks. An ingenious system to pre-heat the fuel was designed; a pump would circulate the fuel of the fuselage feeder tank through a spiral line around the engine compartment and into the wing tanks. The nose landing gear was taken from the Heinkel He 219 and retracted to the rear, and the two main wheels (angled forward by 16 degrees) also retracted forwards into the fuselage. The pressurized cockpit held a three man crew; a pilot, radar operator and navigator/radio man, and all three were provided with ejection seats. A wide variety of offensive armament could be carried in the aircraft's nose, and defensive armament consisted of a FHL 151 remote controlled, rear-facing turret armed with either one or two MG 151/20 20 mm cannon. A provision was made for possibly mounting two MK 108 30 mm cannon firing upwards, located behind the cockpit. Two SC 250 250 kg (551 lbs) or SC 500 (1102 lbs) could be carried in a belly recess. The BV P.215's constuction was mainly of metal througout, except for wooden control surfaces and the aircraft's nose. The nose was made of wood because of the installed electrical equipment. The installed electrical radio/radar equipment is listed below.
          In the original Blohm & Voss proposal, it was pointed out that the P.215 was easily transportable. After removing the wings, the fuselage would be easily transportable with no need for specialized lifting equipment. On February 27, 1945, the specifications were upgraded for the future nightfighters, which none of the competitors' aircraft were able to achieve.Although the P.215 would have had good performance figures, it too did not reach the new specifications either. Nevertheless, it was chosen for further development on March 20, 1945. The end of the war ended any further development of this novel aircraft.

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Blohm & Voss BV P.215.02 Dimensions
Span Main Wing Span Length Height Track Width Wing Area
18.8 m 
61' 8"
14.4 m 
47' 3"
11.6 m 
38' 1"
5.0 m 
16' 5"
2.8 m 
63.0 m² 
678.13 ft²
Blohm & Voss BV P.215.02 - Weights
Empty Weight Crew Ammunition* Fuel Equipment Bombs Flying Weight* Wing Loading
7400 kg 
16314 lbs
300 kg 
661 lbs
600 kg 
1323 lbs
6500 kg 
14330 lbs
766 kg 
1689 lbs
1000 kg 
2205 lbs
14680 kg 
32364 lbs
233 kg/m² 
47.7 lbs/ft²
*Ammunition and flying weight varies according to weapons load, listed weight for five MK 108 w/120 rounds each
Blohm & Voss BV P.215.02 Performance
Max. Speed Rate of Climb Ceiling Range Endurance
870 km/h / 8500 m 
541 mph / 27887'
10 m /sec 
22 ft /sec
14800 m 
2340 km 
1454 miles
5.2 hours w/ one engine @ 6000m 
Blohm & Voss BV P.215 Models
Manufacturer Scale Material Notes
CzechMaster(CMK)  #235 1/72 resin Wings & fuselage molded in one piece
Special Hobby   #72002 1/72 Injected, Photoetch & Decals  

Section    A - A Section   B - B Section   C - C Section   D - D

Weapon Variants for the BV P.215 Night Fighter
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Number Installed
Rounds Each
MK 108 30mm cannon Four 200 56 R4M rockets
MK 108 30mm cannon Five 150  
MK 112 55mm cannon Two 50  
MG 213/30mm cannon Four 200 56 R4M rockets
MG 213/30mm cannon Six 160  
Electrical Equipment
Equipment Description Weight
FuG 244 Airborne Search Radar 
concave mirror antenna 
Range: 200 m - 50 km 
          (656 ft - 31 miles)
150 kg 
(331 lbs)
FuG 25a Ground-to-air Identification 
friend or foe (IFF)
12 kg 
(26 lbs)
FuG 280 Airborne Search Radar 
infra-red homing 
Range: 4 km (2.49 miles)
15 kg 
(33 lbs)
FuG 350 Airborne Search Radar 
passive receiver for enemy radar 
Range: 50 km (30 miles)
24 kg 
(53 lbs)
FuG 218R   46 kg 
(101 lbs)
FuG 24SE Ground/Air Radio 
homing device
18 kg 
(40 lbs)
Fu Bl 3 E Bad Weather Landing Aid 
blind landing radio equipment
10 kg 
(22 lbs)
FuG 101a Bad Weather Landing Aid 
precision altimeter
16 kg 
(35 lbs)
Peil G6 Navigation 
direction finding equipment
24 kg 
(53 lbs)
FuG 29 Ground/Air Radio 
Airborne situation report receiver
8 kg 
(18 lbs)

Wing drawing of March 23, 1945

Wing drawing of March 27, 1945

Outer wingtip drawing of March 19, 1945

Component list (by material type & weight)

Above color images from:
Left: Luftwaffe Secret projects        Right: Koei German Project Aircraft
Three-view drawing: Reichdreams Dossier #15 "Bats"