Messerschmitt Me P.1092/2

          In the summer of 1943, Messerschmitt built on an earlier design, the Messerschmitt Me P.1092A, with a further series of small, single-seat, single-jet fighters. Hans Hornung led the design team, along with Woldemar Voigt and Willie Messerschmitt himself. The first design, the Me P.1092/1, was very similar to the Messerschmitt Me P.1092A, except a normal fin/rudder and horizontal tail planes were fitted to the rear, a variable sweep wing was added and the nosewheel was located aft of the air intake.
         With the Me P.1092/2, Messerschmitt changed the overall look of the P.1092. The fuselage was short and squat, and the cockpit was faired into the rear fuselage where the tail section began. The wings (mounted mid-fuselage, with slight dihedral) were swept back at 21.5 degrees, and a provision was made in the design for an extended wing. Again, the outer wing sections of the Me 262 were used (for the extended wing version). Fuel capacity was increased to 1250 liters (274 gallons), which was achieved by rearranging the internal components. A more conventional tail unit was designed, and was mounted on a boom under which the single Jumo 004C (1015 kg, 2237 lbs thrust) exhausted. Also, the tail unit, with it's single fin and rudder and high mounted tail planes, resembled the Messerschmitt Me 262 tail. The landing gear arrangement was of a tricycle type, with the main gear retracting inwards, and the forward gear retracted to the rear. Armament was fairly heavy for a small fighter; it consisted of two MK 103 30mm cannon (the length of the MK 103 necessitated that the barrels protruded from the fuselage) and two MG 151/15 15mm cannon. All guns were mounted in the forward fuselage on either side of the air intake.
          The Me P.1092/2 was used in a performance comparison with the Lippisch Me P.20. The P.1092/2 was judged superior in almost all categories. Although the Me P.1092/2 was not constructed, it was used to gain experience and design knowledge, especially with the later Me P.1106 and Me P.1101 designs.

Messerschmitt Me P.1092/2 Dimensions
  Span    Length    Height    Wing Area    Aspect Ratio
7.75 m
25' 5"
8.1 m
26' 6"
3.65 m
11' 10"
12.7 m²
136 ft²
10.0 m
32' 9"
8.1 m
26' 6"
3.65 m
11' 10"
14.45 m²
155 ft²

Messerschmitt Me P.1092/2 Weights
Empty Equipped Weight Loaded Weight* Max Wing Loading
2626 kg
5789 lbs
3664 kg
8077 lbs
288.5 kg/m²
59 lbs/ft²
2692 kg
5934 lbs
3730 kg
8223 lbs
* with 750 kg (1652 lbs) fuel load, approximately 1000 liters (220 gallons)

Messerschmitt Me P.1092/2 Performance
  Rate of Climb Ceiling Max. Endurance* Max Range Takeoff Run Max Speed**
18.4 m/sec
60.3 ft/sec
11200 m
1.26 hours 870 km @ 11000 m
540 miles @ 36000'
690 m
931 km/h
578 mph
18.3 m/sec
60 ft/sec
12100 m
1.59 hours 970 km @ 11800 m
602 miles @ 38700'
635 m
914 km/h
567 mph
* at 10000 m (32800 ft)
** at 6000 m (19700 ft)

Messerschmitt Me P.1092/2 Models
There are no scale models currently of any of these aircraft



Above color image from: Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Fighters