This was the first of several designs for a massive carrier aircraft. The
DB Project "A I", as the carrier aircraft was known, had a straight
wing with taper and a slight dihedral on the outer wing sections. Four
or six He S 021 turboprops were mounted on pylons that were mounted on
the wing leading edge. The undercarraige was of a fixed arrangement, with
a wide 24.97 m (82') track, and contained three wheels on each leg. The
DB Project "A II" twin-jet bomber was slung under the "A I"
carrier and was carried aloft to conserve the "A II" jet bomber's
fuel. It was then released after nearing the target. The "A II"
bomber had sharply swept back wings and tailplanes, with two BMW 018
turbojets mounted beneath the wings, much like the Me 262. A crew of three
or four sat in a pressurized cockpit located in the extreme nose of the
bomber. A V-tail was fitted to help the bomber mount under the carrier
aircraft more easily, A bomb load of 30000 kg (66000 lbs) was envisioned.
A I Carrier Span: 94 m (308' 7.6") Length: Unknown Max. Speed: Unknown
A II Bomber Span: 26.16 m (85' 10.7") Length: Unknown Max. Speed: 1000 km/h (621 mph)
The Daimler Benz Project "A"- consisting of the "A I" carrier aircraft and "A II" jet bomber- on take-off as depicted by artist Gert Heumann....