Messerschmitt Me 509
|Model picture Me 509|
The engine was a Daimler-Benz DB 605B driving a three-blade propeller, and armament was to consist of two 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns and two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon. The tricycle landing gear from the Me 309 was retained, which worked better on the 509, due to the lower weight on the nosewheel - the Me 309's nosegear had collapsed during trials. The smaller nose would have improved visibility. The project was cancelled along with the Me 309, but the Japanese made a similar aircraft, the Yokosuka R2Y Keiun, which suffered from engine overheating.
Specifications (as designed)
- Crew: 1
- Length: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 11.27 m (37 ft 0 in)
- Height: 3.98 m (13 ft 1 in)
- Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 605B v-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engine, 1,085 kW (1,455 hp)
- Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed propeller
- Maximum speed: 760 km/h (470 mph, 410 kn)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- "Messerschmitt Me 509". Luft'46. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
- "Projekte : Projekt Me 509 (drop down)". me109.info (in German). Retrieved 12 December 2019.
- Dyer, Edwin M. III (2009). Japanese Secret Projects:Experimental Aircraft of the ITA and IJN 1939–1945. Hinkley: Midland Publishing. pp. 78–80. ISBN 978-978-1857805.