Messerschmitt Me 310

The Messerschmitt Me 310 was a prototype German heavy fighter of World War II. It was a project to save the aerodynamically troubled Me 210.

Me 310
Role Heavy fighter
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
First flight 11 September 1943
Number built 1

Design and development

The armament was to be the same as the Me 210 A-1: two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, two 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns, and two remotely controlled, rearward-firing 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns. A single aircraft was built by converting an Me 210. It had a pressurised cockpit and was powered by two 1,380 kW (1,850 hp) Daimler-Benz DB 603A inline engines.

The Me 310 first flew on 11 September 1943, but the project was cancelled later the same year, as it showed hardly any aerodynamic improvement over the Me 210. A subsequent prototype, the Me 410, showed sufficient improvement in its aerodynamics to be put into production.

Specifications (Me 310)

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General characteristics

  • Crew: two (pilot and gunner)
  • Length: 12.20 m (39 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.90 m (58 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 4.30 m (14 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 37.7 m² (406 ft²)
  • Loaded weight: 11,050 kg (24,360 lb)
  • Powerplant:Daimler-Benz DB 603A, 1,380 kW (1,850 hp) each



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