P.1107
Role Bomber, reconnaissance aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
Introduction 1948 (planned)[1]
Status Abandoned
Primary user Luftwaffe (intended)
Number built 1 (incomplete)
Developed from Messerschmitt Me 264

The Messerschmitt P.1107 (also Me P.1107) was a jet-powered bomber project developed in the final years of the Second World War.

Design and development

On January 25, 1945, Messerschmitt proposed the P.1107/I jet-powered bomber.[1] The P.1107/I was designed using experiences from the company's earlier Me 264 bomber, and was to be powered by two BMW 018 turbojet engines mounted in pods under the wings, or four BMW 003D or Heinkel HeS 109-011 turbojet engines in twin-pods under the wings.[1][2] The steel and duralumin fuselage was to have been taken from the Me 264, while the wings were to be constructed of wood.[1] Landing gear was to consist of two large diameter main wheels which retracted into the fuselage and twin nose wheels, and the empennage was to have a high set tailplane.[3] Fuel tanks were to be carried in the mid fuselage and wings. The pressurized, heated cabin would have housed the crew of four, as well as the radio and radar equipment.[1] Offensive armament was to be a bomb load of 4,000 kg carried in the fuselage, no defensive armament was proposed.[1] The P.1107/I was rejected by the RLM as it determined that it would not have enough speed or maximum altitude to reach the United States safely.[2]

Later on the design would be refined as the P.1107/II.[4] This variant would have been of all metal construction, and powered by four Heinkel HeS 011 engines would have been relocated to the wing roots.[4] A V-tail was to have been fitted.[4] The prototype of the P.1107/II was in the early stages of construction when the war ended.[4]

Drawings exist of a third variant, labeled IX-122.[1] This variant is depicted without a tailplane and with a much larger wing. The main landing gear was to retract into the wings, while the single nose wheel would have rotated 90 degrees before retracting backward under the cabin.[1]

Variants

P.1107/I (P.1107A)
Initial proposal. Metal fuselage and wooden wings, podded engines, and a T-tail. Bomber and reconnaissance variants were proposed.[1]
P.1107/II (P.1107B)
Refined proposal. All-metal construction, engines buried in the wing roots, and a V-tail. Construction of the prototype was halted by the end of the war.
P.1107 (IX-122)
Tailless variant with a larger wing and redesigned landing gear.
Me 462
Proposed RLM designation for the P.1107.[5]

Specifications (P.1107/I as proposed)

Data from [1][2]

General characteristics

Performance990–1,020 km/h (615–633 mph)

Armament

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Messerschmitt P 1107 – An Ultra High-Speed Bomber" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b c Myhra, David (1998). Secret Aircraft Designs of the Third Reich. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7643-0564-6.
  3. ^ "Messerschmitt Me P.1107/I". www.luft46.com. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  4. ^ a b c d "Messerschmitt Me P.1107/II". www.luft46.com. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  5. ^ "German Military Aircraft Designations (1933-1945)". www.designation-systems.net. Retrieved 2020-05-29.