TYPE: Interceptor, fighter, fighter bomber
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only
POWER PLANT: Two Junkers Jumo 003B turbojet engines, rated at 900 kp each
PERFORMANCE: 580 mph, estimated
COMMENT: The Messerschmitt “Schwalbe” (Swallow), not to confuse so to the unofficially dubbed Messerschmitt Me 262 “Schwalbe”, was a late-war design that did not receive a project number designation. The wings were swept back at 31.5 degrees, and contained the majority of the fuel supply. The wings seem to have been based on the Me 163 or Me 263 (Ju 248) wing design, as there is more than a superficial resemblance. Two turbojets were proposed, one was located above the fuselage and one below. A tricycle-type landing gear design was chosen, with the nose wheel retracting to the rear and the two main gear retracting forward and inboard. The cockpit was located in front of and between the upper air intakes. An especially curious feature is the device at the fuselage rear; this is thought to be dive brakes or some sort of thrust reversal mechanism (Ref.: 16).