1939-1945: Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

‘The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational. Test pilot Rudy Opitz in 1944 reached 1,123 km/h.’

- Wikipedia

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  1. Alex

    The fuel tank was behind the pilot and if it leaked into the cockpit (not unknown with the falling standards in German industry as the war went on) it would melt the pilot’s flesh.

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    • Robert

      100% Hydrogen Peroxide (oxidser for the fuel) was the culprit – literally would dissolve you.. OMG what a horrible way to die….

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  2. Bryan

    Designed by the Godfather of Modern Aerodynamic Design according to NASA, Alexander Lippisch. The Space Shuttle was designed in part because of this Delta Wing Design, the breakthrough that makes all flight possible at high speeds.

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  3. Matthew Carrick

    As a technical achievement it may have been worthy but as a weapon to be used against Allied bombers it was inconsequential. Old Adolph would have been better served by ordering the production of more ME 262 jet fighters . . . if he could have been convinced not to make those bombers . . . what a maroon!

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    • Red Cardinal

      actually, the ME 262 wasn’t terribly effective either. There weren’re enough of them and the pilots were inexperienced and didn’t have enough training.

      More ME 262′s might have helped but you still need to find and train pilots. It was all far too late for Germany (thankfully!).

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  4. Gene

    Amazing aircraft..there is one in the 8th AF Museum in Georgia. This aircraft was VERY dangerous to fly-it had the unique distinction of killing more Germans (its pilots) than allied airmen! The fuel and oxidizer (hydrogen peroxide) was extremely unstable-many Komets blew up taking off or landing.

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