Lippisch Li P.15 Diana (Frank-Airmodel, Resin)

TYPE: Interceptor fighter, project

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only

POWER PLANT: One Heinkel-Hirth HeS 011 turbojet engine, rated at 1,300 kp thrust

PERFORMANCE: 621 mph

COMMENT: Initial troubles with the Walter HWK 509 rocket engine caused a delay in production of the Messerschmitt Me 163 “Komet”. To bring an effective interceptor into service as soon as possible chief designer Lippisch designed a turbojet engine equipped variant of the Me 163 that used, in order to speed up production and reduce costs, as many parts from other aircraft as possible. The nose of the aircraft was taken from the Heinkel He 162, the wing came from the Messerschmitt Me 163B and C, the tail plane from the Junkers Ju 248 (Messerschmitt Me 263), and the landing was taken from the Messerschmitt Me 109.  A single Heinkel-Hirth HeS 011A turbojet or, as temporary solution, a BMW 003 turbojet was provided. A mock-up was finished when WW II ended (Ref. 17, 22).