The Messerschmitt Me P.1104 was designed in 1944 (along with the FW "Volksjäger",
Ju EF 126 &127 and the Bacham Ba 349 "Natter") to be a rocket-powered
short-range interceptor. Construction was kept simple on the Me P.1104,
being mainly built of wood. The wings were mounted mid-fuselage and were
unswept. The Me P.1104 was to be towed into the air by either a Bf 109G
or Me 262, where it would then ignite its single Walter HWK 109-509A-1
rocket engine. The pilot flew in a conventional seated position and armament
consisted of a single MK 108 30mm cannon mounted beneath the cockpit. After
the attack, the Me P.1104 was flown to a landing on its retractable skid.
All design work ceased when the Ba 349 was awarded a development contract.
Span: 6.2 m (20' 4")
Length: 4.7 m (15' 5")
Max. Speed: 810 km/h (503 mph)
A cutaway view
of the first design of the Me P.1104, showing the seated position of the
pilot and the placement of the internal components....
All drawings on this page are from the Reichdreams
Research Services' Packfile #1, Light Fighters 1936-1946