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Messerschmitt Bf 161


Messerschmitt Bf 161 Prototype reconnaissance

Service Data

In Service: 1938 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight: 1938
Manufacturer: Messerschmitt
Number built: 2

Technical Data

Type: Prototype reconnaissance

Crew: 2 men
Length: 12.75 m
Wingspan: 17.16 m
Wing area:
Height: 3.58 m
Empty: 4,400 kg
Loaded: 5,800 kg
Engine: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 600A 12 cylinder liquid cooled supercharged 60° inverted Vee piston engine producing up to 1,075 hp each
Maximum speed: 480 km/h
Range: 7,80 km
Service ceiling:
10 × 50 kg bombs in internal bay and 2 × 250 kg on external wing racks
Operators: Luftwaffe
Bf 161 V-1
Bf 161 V-2
Bf 162 V-1
Bf 162 V-2
Bf 162 V-3

Other: Prototypes


The Messerschmitt Bf 161 was a three seat twin engine fast reconnaissance aircraft only two prototypes built


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