Thursday, February 5, 2015

Messerschmitt M22

Designed in the early 1930s, the biplane, two-engined, three-seat M22 had a length of 13.6 m, a height of 5.17 m, a span of 17 m, a wing area of 63.2 square meters, and an empty weight of, 2,900 kg. It was powered by two Siemens Jupiter VI engines with three-bladed wooden propellers, and had a maximum speed of 220 km/h, a cruising speed of 185 km/h, and a range of 500 km. It was planned to carry a bomb load of 500 kg, and defended by two machine guns, one placed in the front, and another in a dorsal position. During a test flight in October 1930, the aircraft crashed, killing test pilot Eberhard Mohnike. As a result the design was abandoned.

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