Messerschmitt Me 609
|A model of the Me 609.|
|Developed from||Messerschmitt Me 309|
Design and development
The project was initiated in response to a 1941 Reich Air Ministry requirement for a new Zerstörer (destroyer) to replace the Bf 110 in a minimum time and with a minimum of new parts. Messerschmitt's response was the Me 609, which would use the failed Me 309 project to form the basis of the new fighter.
The Me 609 would have joined the two Me 309 fuselages with a new centre wing section. Only the two inner wheels of the joined Me 309's main landing gears would have been used and would retract into the centre section. This resulted in an unusual four-wheel arrangement. The pilot would have sat in a cockpit located in the port fuselage, with the starboard being smoothed over.
Two versions were planned: a heavy fighter with four or six 30 mm MK 108 cannons, and a Schnellbomber (light bomber) variant with two 30 mm MK 108 cannons and a bomb load of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) carried beneath the fuselages.
Specifications (Me 609, as designed)
- Crew: 1
- Length: 9.72 m (31 ft 11 in)
- Wingspan: 15.75 m (51 ft 8 in)
- Height: 3.43 m (11 ft 3 in)
- Empty weight: 5,247 kg (11,568 lb)
- Gross weight: 6,534 kg (14,405 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 603
- Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed propellers
- Maximum speed: 760 km/h (470 mph, 410 kn)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Lepage 2009, p. 222.
- Nowarra, Heinz J. (1993). Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945, Band 3. Germany: Bernard & Graefe. pp. 243–244.
- Lepage 2009, p. 223.
- Green 1960, p. 191.
- Green, William. War Planes of the Second World War, Fighters, vol. I. London: Hanover House, 1960.
- Lepage, Jean-Denis G.G. Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945: An Illustrated Guide. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7864-3937-9.