Messerschmitt Me 163
The larger Me 163B was built around a more powerful Walter hydrogen peroxide-hydrazine hydrate/methyl alcohol engine. Tests of the new aircraft were held in 1943 at Bremen, Augsburg, Brandes, near Leipzig. Two 1,000-pound-thrust JATO units helped get the airplane of the ground. About sixty of the aircraft were built by Messerschmitt.
Junkers built three hundred C models of this aircraft, which was called first the Ju 262, then the 8-263, and finally the Me 262, when Messerschmitt continued its development. The C model was glide-tested, but never flew under rocket power. The B model was 19.5 feet long, weighed 9,040 pounds, and could fly for less than 8 minutes at 550 mph; it could also climb to 32,800 feet in 3 minutes. The thrust of its throttlable engine varied from 660 to 3,500 pounds. The C model was 23.1 feet long, weighed 11,280 pounds, and was planned for an engine whose thrust varied from 440 to 3,740 pounds.
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