Daimler Benz Project E  3 view    The Daimler Benz Project "E" was designed as a piloted missile to be launched from the Daimler Benz Project "C" carrier aircraft. Five of these manned missiles could be carried at one time (see diagram below). The wings and tailplanes were swept back sharply, and power was supplied by a single He S 011 jet engine mounted on the bottom aft of the fuselage. 2500 kg (5500 lbs) of explosives were located in the nose of the aircraft, which were detonated on impact. Once carried aloft by the carrier aircraft, the DB Project "E" aircraft were then released near the target, with the pilot then choosing his target and then diving towards it. When the pilot was assured of a hit, he was to escape using the ejection seat. Although this aircraft wasn't officially considered a suicide plane, the pilot probably had a very small chance of survival, due to the speed of the aircraft in the attack and the proximity to the target when ejecting.

                     Span: 8.5 m (27' 10.6")                Length: 9.2 m (30' 2.2")                Max. Speed: Unknown

A cutaway drawing of the Daimler Benz                      Artist Gert Heumann's impression of the
Project "E" piloted missile showing the warhead,          Daimler Benz Project "E" during launch.
fuel suply and jet engine locations....                        Note the different engine and cockpit positions....
Daimler Benz Project E cutaway drawing               Daimler Benz Project E artist impression
                          All images (except the Gert Heumann image) on this page from Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich by Justo Miranda & Paula Mercado