ME-163A Komet

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    ww2 footage, Spanish speaking.

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    What a great video.
     
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    Anyone know the flight characteristics of the Komet? Did it handle well once at altitude? I know once it ran out of fuel it was just a glider and landing it could "ruin your day" if you weren't careful.
     
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    Take-off looked like fun :shock:
    I wouldn't want to be bouncing around like that in a kite full of T-stoff and C-stoff, even if the German engineers were likely very thorough about their isolation from one another.

    The dolly seemed to have a mind of its own too, achieving a good old bounce when it hit the ground, it almost re-joined the aircraft!

    Skilled pilot obviously, he made the landing look easy.
     
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    I was worried that the Komet was going to explode, belly landing like that.
     
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    It ditches its main landing gear (the dolly) on take-off and lands on a skid
    I believe pilots were under strict instructions to empty the tanks before attempting a landing but a rough landing must have been just that; I've read of a condition among Me163 drivers called 'Komet back' so I guess spinal problems must have been a feature of the type.
     
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    Great vid! Yeah....landing that thing doesn't leave much room for oopsies and do-overs. Dropping the gears off like that makes one wonder if they even expected the pilots to return...?
     
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    If I recall correctly they only shot down 7 bombers in total (can someone verify this?). Operational profile was climb like hell above the bomber formation, make a single pass and glide to land. Apparently most pilots were not killed in air-to-air combat, but during the precarious landing. It was one of the most deadly airplanes to fly in WWII (for its own pilots)
     
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    According to "The Encyclopedia of Weapons of WWII", of the 300 ME-163B C's, there were only 9 confirmed victories. For as much press coverage as this plane has gotten, such a low number is really surprising to me. Rest of your post is dead on.
     
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    That Komet can climb like a rocket, pretty impressive. Yep, prop planes would have trouble doing that.
     
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    And Viking, I think that was JG400 if I recall.
     
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    Heard the same number, I also heard that through the whole Me-163 career more pilots were killed from accidents than Allied airmen killed from being shot down by the Me-163
     
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    If you guys are relying upon Wiki for the 7 or 9 kills, I would not trust it. The Wiki post also states this...

    "The Komet was equipped with two 30 mm MK 108 cannons which had a relatively low muzzle velocity, with the characteristic ballistic drop of such a weapon, which meant they were only accurate at short distance, and that it was almost impossible to hit a slow-moving bomber when the Komet was traveling very fast (four or five hits were typically needed to take down a B-17)."

    The bold text has no basis in fact nor reality. Perhaps Erich can weigh in here, but I would suspect that those 30mm hits/B-17 kill numbers are VERY conservative. I suspect in reality the Mk 108 cannon was much more effective.
     
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    Affirmative.
     
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    The Komet had excellent handling qualities but landing the thing was extremely dangerous due to the explosive/corrosive nature of the fuels used. It was also at the mercy of the marauding Allied fighters during the landing phase.

    Mano Ziegler's, "Rocket Fighter", is an excellent first-hand account of the training and combat methods of Me 163 pilots. I don't know if it's still in print, but I've seen the Bantam paperback fairly often in used-book stores. Definitely worth a read.

    JL
     
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