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Bf 162
Messerschmitt Bf 162 sketch.jpg
Role light bomber
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
First flight February 1937
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 3
Developed from Messerschmitt Bf 110

The Messerschmitt Bf 162 was a light bomber aircraft designed in Germany prior to World War II, which flew only in prototype form.

Design and development

The Bf 162 was designed in response to a 1935 RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium, Reich Aviation Ministry) specification for a schnellbomber ("fast bomber") for tactical use. Messerschmitt's design was a modified Bf 110 with a glazed nose to accommodate a bombardier. In 1937, three prototypes were flown against rival designs, the Junkers Ju 88 and the Henschel Hs 127, both entirely new aircraft.

It was eventually decided that the Ju 88 be selected for production, and development of the Bf 162 ended. As a disinformation tactic, images of the Bf 162 were widely circulated in the German press, captioned as the "Messerschmitt Jaguar", a name never used outside this context.[citation needed]

This aircraft's RLM official airframe number of 8-162 was later re-used for the Heinkel He 162 jet fighter.

Specifications (Bf 162)

3-view of the Bf 162
3-view of the Bf 162

Data from Warplanes of the Third Reich[1]

General characteristics



See also

Related development


  1. ^ Green 1972, pp. 592–593.
  2. ^ Lednicer, David. "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 16 April 2019.