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Thread: An uncommon sight in Europe's skies

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    Dec 2013

    Default An uncommon sight in Europe's skies

    I share with you an interesting collection of pictures showing one of the projects launched at the end of World War II by Germany as part of its war effort to try to avoid the increasingly Allied bombing. The big question remains whether this rocket plane had been built in greater quantities and earlier would have changed the final outcome? What do you think? Visit the link below, see photos and give your opinion about it.


    Best Regards.

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    Jul 2008
    South West

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    The Natter was a last ditch attempt to do something about the allied air armadas, it would have made no difference when it was introduced.

    Proper fighters with an integrated air defence, fully trained pilots with modern and capable interceptors.

    In reality though they needed to neutralise the countries the bombers were operating from. Without doing that time was against them.
    IN the days of lace-ruffles, perukes and brocade
    Brown Bess was a partner whom none could despise
    An out-spoken, flinty-lipped, brazen-faced jade,
    With a habit of looking men straight in the eyes
    At Blenheim and Ramillies fops would confess
    They were pierced to the heart by the charms of Brown Bess.

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    May 2011
    Dublin, Ireland

    Default Re: An uncommon sight in Europe's skies

    Thanks for more interesting photos, pampas14. I made a comment on this "wonder weapon" over on the photos side of this site which might be worth repeating here -

    "Didn't really have any use for bigger wings. A dreadful weapon, born out of desperation. The idea was that, manned by an inexperienced pilot, this thing would be fired at Allied bombers in much the same way as a ground-to-air missile, using externally-mounted rocket boosters designed to drop away when burned out, close to the point of engagement. Following engagement, the aircraft was supposed to drop from the clouds and attain level flight, allowing the pilot to parachute out following a specific and complicated bale-out procedure. This was not intended as a suicide weapon. However, given the high speed and short duration of a sortie, and the complexity of the bale-out procedure, the idea that this could be flown by rookie pilots with reasonable expectation of survival seems a forlorn hope.

    In any event, the rookies of the Luftwaffe never got to try it out. In its one test flight, the aircraft appears to have malfunctioned, with one of the external rockets failing to detach and (possibly) the cockpit canopy may have become detached during the upward flight. The pilot - Luftwaffe test pilot Lothar Sieber - lost control as the aircraft became destabilized. It seems to have leveled out in the clouds, then descended at ultra-high speed without leveling out at lower altitude. Sieber evidently tried to exit the plane at least once during this very brief time, but without success. The aircraft, complete with Sieber, lanced into the ground at over 800 kmph.

    Not surprisingly, the programme was discontinued at that point. Fortunate, no doubt, for Luftwaffe rookies that might have been asked to pilot this flying coffin. For Sieber, the results were, one might say, mixed. He was promoted, posthumously, to Oberleutnant. He also enjoys the (very probable) distinction to have been the first human to break the sound barrier on his way down. Unfortunately, he was not around to enjoy the accolades ... " Best regards, JR.

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    Guildford, England

    Default Re: An uncommon sight in Europe's skies

    Reminds me of the Me 162 and Me 163 a bit.

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