Messerschmitt Me P.1102/5
During the summer of 1944, the Messerschmitt Me P.1102
series was being developing at the same time as the Me P.1101 project. Both
were swing-wing designs, except the P.1102 was being developed as a fast
bomber and heavy fighter.
The variable-sweep wings were mounted in the center
of the fuselage and could be swept between 15 and 50 degrees. For takeoff
and landing the wings were to be set at 20 degrees and for high speed flight
the wings were to be set at the maximum of 50 degrees. The tail unit was
of a normal configuration, with the tail planes swept back at 60 degrees.
Three jet engines powered the Me P.1102, two were
located beneath the fuselage nose and one was located in the tail (an air
intake on the top of the rear fuselage fed this turbojet). Either three BMW
003 or Heinkel-Hirth He S 011 jet engines were to be employed. A single pilot
sat in a cockpit located in the forward fuselage and three fuel tanks of 1200
liter capacity each were located behind the cockpit. The lower fuselage
held an internal bomb bay and the tricycle landing gear. No armament
was designated at this stage in the design.
The end of the war ended work on this design. All
Messerschmitt documentation was seized by the US and was used in the
development of several aircraft, possibly including the Martin XB-51. This
US aircraft which first flew in 1949 also shared the same engine arrangement
as the Me P.1102.
Messerschmitt Me P.1102/5 Data
* with 3000 kg (6612 lbs) bomb load
|There are no models of the Messerschmitt
Me P.1102/5 available at the present time
This surviving three-view drawing shows some internal
Two photos of the Martin XB-51 - note the similar
engine layout to the Messerschmitt Me P.1102/5
Above color illustration from Geheimprojekte der
Luftwaffe Band III - Schlachtflugzeuge und Kampfzerstörer 1935-1945