Skoda Kauba SK P.14.01

          Skoda-Kauba began work on this ramjet powered fighter early in 1945. The SK P.14 was built around a Sanger ramjet that had a diameter of 1.5 m (4' 11") and a length of 9.5 m (31' 2"). This ramjet duct formed a large part of the fuselage structure, but the walls of the combustion chamber and exhaust nozzle were left exposed to the airstream for cooling. The cockpit was located in the extreme nose of the aircraft where the pilot lay prone on top of the ramjet. There were two fuel tanks in the area behind the cockpit and a small fuel tank in each wing. A tail unit was mounted on the end of a boom above the rear of the ram jet unit. The wings were small and unswept. Since the aircraft has to reach a certain speed before the ramjet can operate, take-off was to be accomplished by use of booster rockets on a jettisonable tricycle undercarriage. Landing was done on a retractable skid. Armament consisted of a single MK 108 30mm cannon mounted above the cockpit and protruding through the top of the canopy.
          Another version was also designed, the P.14.02. It was similar to the P.14.01, with superficial differences. Although ramjets were tested with several different aircraft, none of the project aircraft to fly on ramjet power were completed.

   Marek Rys's SK P.14.01 images            Josha Hildwine's SK P.14.02 images

Skoda Kauba SK P.14.01 Data
Span Length Height * Wing Area Takeoff Weight Max Speed Ceiling Climb Time
7.0 m
22' 11"
9.85 m
32' 4"
4.5 m
14' 9"
12.45 m²
134 ft²
2884-3094 kg
6270-6820 lbs
998 km/h @ 10058 m
620 mph @ 33000'
877 km/h @ 14935 m
545 mph @ 49000'
18288 m
1.7 min - 6096 m
1.7 min - 20000'
6.3 min - 14935 m
6.3 min - 49000'
* including takeoff trolley

Skoda Kauba SK P.14.01 Models
Manufacturer Scale Material Notes
RS 1/72 Resin, photoetch & decals Hollow fuselage halves, rear ramjet cast in one piece


A small Lorin-type ramjet being tested above a Dornier Do 17Z-2, Early 1942

Skoda-Kauba drawing of the SK P.14.01