Flying Me163

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  1. Glider

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    I came across this which may be of interest. Its a replica Me163 obviously without an engine and is flown as a glider.

    I would love to get my hand on it and see how it handles. I would be suprised if it could soar so it would have to be a one way trip, but what a line to shoot.

    Just wish I could find a better photo.
     

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    You and I both - but I'd put an engine in it
     
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    All that rocket fuel, no thanks the pleasure is all yours.

    PS Do you want flowers or donations
     
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    LOL!
    One of the folks who run XCOR told me that he wanted to build a composite -163 and put a rocket engine in it!

    http://www.xcor.com/our_team.html
    [​IMG]
     
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    Cool! I think I will go with Joe on this one, stick an engine it, it will be much safer than it was in WW2 (the fuel - in theory - won't explode so readily) plus in my opinion it would be a lot more fun too.
     
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    I'm sure it would be a blast. :thumbright:

    Literally perhaps, but still a blast. ;)
     
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    Fly it in formation with a Remote Control B17 or Lanc! That would be a photo to show at your local pub!
     
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    I never could understand why some of those were painted Red, were they just asking for there own guys to shoot at them?
     
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    The prototype was red - all operational ones were painted accordingly...
     
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    I posted a 163 video flying and the ground crew fueling it up in the video section on this forum, check it out, its sweet.
     
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    Wolfgang Spate's first operational Komet flight was in a bright red plane, which his ground crew had painted without his knowledge. He was furious supposedly, and ordered the red paint removed after the sortie. Can't imagine why. :lol:
     
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    Shouldn't that be a B24 or a Lanc?

    Sorry, cheap shot I know, but couldn't resist it
     
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    NS is right on, Spate's Komet was painted by the groundcrew as a parallel to the Red Baron.
     
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    The B24's were too fast for the Me163 to successfully intercept. Or the Me163 pilots were laughing so hard at such an easy target, they lost concentration and missed them.
     
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    Too fast?? How, a B-24J has a max speed of 290mph, the ME-163 had a max speed of 596mph (960km/h) at 32,800 ft. (10,000m). If anything the 163 was too fast to intercept the B-24, however if it can successfully engage the slower B-17 then it can engage the B-24. I will agree though that the 163 pilots probably were laughing at suck an easy target, whether they missed or not is a different question, we will just have to look at the statistics.
     
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    I think Syscom was joking re the speed.. Hitting anything in a Me163 was in my mind a major feat. With a very high closing speed and the ballistics of the 30mm 108 any hit would have been hard.
     
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    I was joking

    :lol:
     
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    Me too. I had once the possibility in the early 90´s to have a look at some of the construction works (wing assembly) of this glider back in Frankfurt. Great work.
    I also was surprised that it has such an exzellent rate of glide (1:24), particularly for the early 40´s were such rates were only achievable with high performance gliders.
     
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