Luftwaffe Secret Projects, Ground Attack & Special Purpose by Dieter Herwig

By Dieter Herwig

The 2 past volumes during this highly renowned sequence have lined opponents 1939-1945 and Strategic Bombers 1935-1945. This new addition takes a detailed examine a various variety of plane varieties, largely defined as ground-attack and special-purpose forms, yet such as Kampfzerstorer (multi-purpose wrestle aircraft), multi-purpose and quick bombers, explosive-carrying airplane meant to assault different airplane, air-to-air ramming autos, bomb-carrying gliders and towed opponents, and airborne guns and exact units (rockets, cannons, flame-throwers, etc.)

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Left: Henschel Hs P 87. Above: Henschel Hs P 87 drawing of a II 10th-scale wind-tunnel model. 85m (42ft 2in) and canard tailspan of 701 (22ft II~in). ':,':/ -'-'- Hutter Hu 136 Hutter Hu 136 (Stubo I) long-range divebomber with one 500kg 0,102 Ib) underfuselage bomb. 30 LUFTWAFFE SECRET PROJECTS: GROUND ATTACK & SPECIAL PUHI'OSE AIRCRAFT attack and dive-bomber role, capable of car~ At this point, the previously largely unknown dive-bomber and ground attack projects of the brothers Wolfgang and Ulrich HOtter are published for the firsl time anywhere.

TJ. 000m 466mph at2'2,965ft 4x MK 108 in fuselage nose GROUND ATTACK AIHCI~AFT - DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW WEAPON 1917-1941 29 was the centre of gravity variation in flight. By careful attention paid during mock-up investigations, the problem was solved as to how the pilot and air gunner were provided with good visibility in a cockpit showing the least head drag. Emergency exit for the crew was by explosive ejection of the entire crew compartment so as to prevent collision with the eight-bladed contraprops.

01- data Powerplants Ix B~IW BOI Dof 1,700hp at 2,iOOrpm or 2,250hp with C3 fllel and ~1\V 50 boosl, plus 1xJumo 004C of 1,220kg (2,590 lb) reheat stalic thrust or 1x B\I\\I 003A of 800kg (1,764lbl static thrust. X 5C 1000 at ol'erload, all in fuselage bomb-bay All performance figures are quoted ill mean take·off weighl i,6llOkg (l6,755Ib). TIle lake-offwcighl is wilh 500kg (l,1 021b) bombload;at orer· load, take--{]ff weight was 9,650kg (21,274Ib). Developed for a time parallel to the P 192 and P 193 studies, this asymmetric proposal begun in late February 1944 was laid out to be capable of use as a Zerstorer, Stuka (divebomber), Aufklarer (reconnaissance) and Schlachtflugzeug (ground attack) aircraft.

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