Heavy fighter, long range reconnaissance project
2 × Daimler-Benz
12 cylinder liquid cooled supercharged inverted
Vee piston engine producing up to1,900 hp each
2 × 30 mm MK
2 × 30 mm MK
Bomb load up to 500 kg
The Messerschmitt Me 609 was a short-lived Second World War
Luftwaffe project which brought together two fuselages of
fighter prototype together to form a heavy fighter.
The project was started in response to a 1941 Reich Air Ministry
requirement for a new Zerstörer (heavy fighter) to replace
the Messerschmitt Bf
in a minimum time and with minimum new parts. Messerschmitt's
response was the Messerschmitt Me 609, which would use the
failed Me 309 project to form the groundwork of the new fighter.
The company had actually thought over several twin-boom versions
of its Messerschmitt
line including the Messerschmitt
which joined two Messerschmitt
and the Messerschmitt
which used two Messerschmitt
Me 209 II
The Messerschmitt Me 609 would have joined the two Messerschmitt
fuselages with a new centre wing section into which
the two inboard wheels of the landing gear would retract.
The Messerschmitt Me 609 kept the Messerschmitt
tricycle undercarriage which resulted in an awkward
six wheel arrangement. The Messerschmitt Me 609 would have
had its cockpit in the port fuselage, the starboard being
The finished project would have been used as both a heavy
fighter and Schnellbomber, but by the time designs were being
ironed out, the revolutionary Messerschmitt
turbojet nullified the need for further piston
engined fighter design.
The Warplanes of the Third Reich.
German Aircraft of the Second World War.
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