21 Spotlight On, Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

The Spotlight On Series is famous amongst modellers and achieves a very high standard of unique full colour illustration. This volume displays the unique and incredible Me 163 rocket fighter. – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: 21 Spotlight On, Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet
FILE: R3087
AUTHOR: Krzysztof Wolowski
PUBLISHER: Stratus, MMP Books
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £19.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Luftwaffe, WWII, rocket power, rocket fighter, point interceptor, 
Alexander Lippisch. Technology, Allied assessments, Messerschmitt, Stummel 
Habicht, Walter rocket motor, T-Stoff, C-Stoff

ISBN: 978-83659558-47-1

PAGES: 42
IMAGE: B3087.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The Spotlight On Series is famous amongst modellers and achieves 
a very high standard of unique full colour illustration. This volume displays the
 unique and incredible Me 163 rocket fighter. – Very Highly Recommended.

The Me 163 could have been described by Lord Wellington, “ I don't know what they 
do to the enemy but they frighten me”. The aircraft was tiny and as deadly to its pilots
as to the enemy. Most accurately, it was a powered glider that shot up to altitude 
under rocket power and then glided down into the Allied bomber streams without 
power, firing its 30 mm cannon and unguided rockets. There was always a quantity of 
the two rocket fuels still in the pipework and enough to destroy pilot and plane if they 
accidentally mixed under the shock of landing on the landing skid. During take-off 
risk was also very high with the jettisoned wheels sometimes bouncing up into the 
aircraft and causing its destruction.

Technically, the Komet was an amazing aircraft, produced at great cost but in small 
numbers. It was an example of a lack of focus by the Nazis on producing weapons 
that were sufficiently reliable, and in adequate numbers, to counter enemy strength.          

The outstanding illustrations show a wide range of German colours and markings, 
together with captured Komets tested by US, British and Russian test pilots  and one 
in French civil registration owned by Avions Ledtrade.

Enthusiasts will particularly appreciate the illustrations of the  Me 163D and the 
Me 263V1, showing the continuation of development.