Messerschmitt Me 163

rocket interceptor developed by Messerschmitt late in World War II

The Messerschmitt Me 163 is a german military aircraft used during World War II. It was the first and only rocket-powered aircraft in history.

Messerschmitt Me 163
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Role Fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
First flight 1941
Introduction 1945
Retired 1945 (Luftwaffe)
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 370

It was the basis for the Japanese Mitsubishi J8M.

Some were tested by Allied forces after the war.

Additional referencesEdit

  • Mondey, David (1996). Axis Aircraft of World War II. Chancellor Press, London. ISBN 1851529667.