History[edit | edit source]

This British marked Messerschmitt Me163 was captured towards the end of the war in unknown circumstances. It was flown at Farnborough as a glider; towed into the air by a Spitfire. Initially used for aerodynamic research; it was later used in trials regarding the feasibility of undercarriageless naval fighters. It flew well into 1947 before it was wrecked in a landing accident.[N 1]

During the 1960s, the engine from Werk Nr 191060 was passed to the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, and incorporated into Werk Nr 120370.[2]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Despite claims to the contrary, this is not the Me.163 preserved at the Imperial War Museum in London.[1]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/f/460/9/0#1
  2. Brown, Eric Melrose. Wings of the Luftwaffe. The Crowood Press Ltd - New edition (14 Feb 1998). ISBN 1853104132.
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