Bachem Ba 349 Natter

The Bachem Ba 349 Natter was a World War II German point-defence rocket-powered interceptor, which was to be used in a very similar way to a manned surface-to-air missile.
Re-enacted scene of the last instructions of Erich Bachem to Lothar Sieber.
After a vertical take-off, which eliminated the need for airfields, most of the flight to the Allied bombers was to be controlled by an autopilot.
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
The primary role of the relatively untrained pilot was to aim the aircraft at its target bomber and fire its armament of rockets.
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
The pilot and the fuselage containing the rocket-motor would then land using separate parachutes, while the nose section was disposable. The only manned vertical take-off flight, on 1 March 1945, ended in the death of the test pilot, Lothar Sieber.
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Dimensions-
Wingspan: 3.60 m
Wing depth: 1.0 m
Length: 6.10 m
Altitude (in flight): 2.25 m
Wing area: 3.6 m2
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Masses-
maximum take-off mass: 2,200 kg
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Engine-
a rocket engine Walter HWK 109-509 A-2 (adjustable between 150 and 1,700 kp, 1.47 to 16.671 kN) with 70 s burning time
four launch auxiliary rockets (reprehensible) Schmidding 109-533 (each with 1,200 kp, 11,768 kN) with 10 s firing time (the first sample machines had only two additional rockets)
Fuel: 600 kg, of which T-substance: 365 (435) l, C-substance: 165 (190) l.
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Speed-
1,000 km/h
800 km/h near the ground
Climbing speed: 200 m/s (calculated at 12 km operating height)
Start climb speed: 36.58 m/s
Service peak height: 14,000 m
Radius of action: 40 km at 12,000 m altitude
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Armament (alternative)-
33 unguided 55 mm R4M “Orkan” missiles
24 unguided 73 mm rz 73 rockets
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Credits-
German Rocket Planes-Manfred Griehl
Wikipedia
Bachem Ba 349 Natter

 

 

 

 

 

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