Messerschmitt Me 264 — ultra-long scout and bomber

In March 1941, the RLM issued a Messerschmitt company official order for the development of ultra-long four-engine aircraft, which could be loaded with about 2 tons and a range of about 15,000 km to raid the area U.S. to scatter over the South American towns, for example, propaganda leaflets. RLM, then still under the control of Ernst Udet, has ordered three prototypes standard and 30 production aircraft.

The United States has not officially entered the war, but as a "neutral" rendered tremendous help England, supplying it with different weapons (for example, the British were given about 50 warships), and in addition, very often violated the rules of warfare the sea. The official declaration of war, Germany was followed in December 1941, when the position of active neutrality Yankees are increasingly more often and remained so only on paper.

Messerschmitt Me 264 VI, kitted motors Junkers Jumo 109-211

"X-Ray" Messerschmitt Me 264 in flight

But before the order is not reached. After the death of Udet's enthusiasm RLM visibly lost interest in the project. The work lasted, but for all that there was no question about the categories of urgency and additional staff. And even the positive settlement flying characteristics that ensure the use of the car as far scout acts or distant bombers (as suggested by Messerschmitt) and failed to increase enthusiasm for the project from the RLM. Messerschmitt Me 264 VI still made its own first flight in December 1942. At the relatively feeble engines, he showed excellent flight characteristics. Subsequent test flights confirmed the highest settlement flying characteristics and the impetus for future development machine Me 264.

Versions of the aircraft with six piston engines and additional jet engines, models with 4 massive turbojet or BMW 109-018 with 2 turboprop engines BMW 109-02S envisaged as subsequent modifications of the project.

Color image Messerschmitt Me 264 with 4 TRD

But even with the main one Me 264 and set forth therein machine features a massive engines Jumo 109-213 things progressed very slowly. In May 1944, the Me 264 VI was completely destroyed by incendiary bombs. Me 264 V2 has also suffered from air raids, and the corresponding repairs have not been carried out because of the constantly deteriorating military situation in Germany.

The performance properties of the Me 264 VI
Wingspan Length Height
Wing Area Extension Wing Pilot Weight Speed Range Engines
43.00 M
20.90 m
4.30 m
127,70 m2

Armament Shooting point A Shooting point Shooting point B1 B2 Rifle Shooting Point C Point D
1MG131 1 MG MG 1 131 151
1 MG 151
2 MG 151

Shtrishki the biography of Captain Charles Baur

1913 — Carl Baur was born on 13 November in Layhingene (Württemberg).
1930 — After studying and exams Karl Baur makes its own first flight in a glider. Together with his friend Wolf Hirt it belonged to the pioneers of the sport.
1936 — Engineering Research Institute of Experimental Aerodynamics at Göttingen.
1940 — Design engineer and test pilot in the enterprise, "Messerschmitt AG" in Augsburg. Karl Baur intensively involved in the development of a wide-bodied cargo aircraft Me 223 "Giant".
1942 — Managing the flight test service offices Messerschmitt. Test flights on the remote acts Scout Me 261 and Me 264 distant bombers ("bomber for the United States"). There was no such machine Messerschmitt, which would not obletyvat this pilot.
1945 — After the war, Charles Baur sails away in the U.S., where as the lead engineer fox aviafirmy "Voug" is responsible for the test deck bombers. 1963 — Charles Baur died in the U.S. at the age of 50 years.

Captain Charles Baur (1913-1963) near the Messerschmitt Me 264 — "bomber for the United States." There was no such machine Messerschmitt, which would not obletyvat this pilot.

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