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Messerschmitt designations (post-war and pre-MBB)
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Some years ago, I wrote down the list of the post-war Messerschmitt projects from Eber/Kaiser/Peters
"Willy Messerschmitt-Pionier der Luftfahrt und des Leichtbaues". principally mentioning the the pre-MBB

RJP 1005   V/STOL ground attack A/c with 2 Turbomeca Astafan W of 1325 kW each, rotorjet principle    1973
P.1118    4-seat light transport, based on Bf 108    1951
P.1200    long range airliner with 4 reciprocating engines, based on Me 264, so called "kit plane" with varied concepts, number of engines and sizes
             from 50 to 92 pax   
P.1201    short/medium range airliner with two engines    1952
P.1202    large transport with six engines from 1320 to 1550kW, payload of 20.000kg, internale volume of 300m and 60.000 kg weight, basec on Me
              323 concept with high wing. cargo hold with railway profile, possibility to use unprepared runways.    1953
P.1203    simple transport with 4 engines of 590kW and 5000kg payload, layout similar to Me 323, but of just half the size.    1953
P.1205    light transport with 2 to 4 PTL engines, , 12 pax, 4800 km range, pressure cabin, jet powered variants proposed. Joint venture with US
              company Lear was envisaged. 800km/h were planned for prop driven variant, but no suitable props were still available.    1953/55
P.1206    trainer and light fighter, 3 variants were planned : trainer with a speed of up to Mach 1 without reheat, trainer with speed of up to Mach 1.2
              with reheat and Mach 1.65 fighter . No ejection seat, front fuselage detachable    1956
P.1207    similar to P.1206, but with two jet engines BMW 8004, side-by-side seating    1956
P.1208Tr    basic trainer with BMW 8004. Wing and landing gear from Me 200    1956
P.1208R    6 to 7-seat civil or military light transport, similar to P.1208Tr    1956
P.1210    interceptor for high altitudes with reheat and additional rocket engine. Endurance about 30 minutes, max.altitude 28km    1956
P."BMW"    fighter with 3 jet engines, trapezoidal wing with anhedral, area ruled fuselage    1957
P.1211    fighter/interceptor for speeds of more than Mach 2, contender for a RFP from the ministry of defence from 15.11.1956. Canard layout,
             forward swept inlets, slightly swept mid wing at the end of the fuselage, high lift devices, one jet engine with reheat.Additional to
              conventional take-off, use as a tail-sitter was proposed by the installation of retractable struts    1957
P.1212    10-seat light transport (including crew of 2) with 2 jet engines    1957
P.1213    fighter/interceptor for speeds of more than Mach 2.8 with 1 jet and 2 rocket engines, max.altitude 38km, VTOL version proposed with thrust
            vectoring    1957
P.1214    interceptor, trapezoidal wing, 2 jet engines with thrust vectoring, forward part of the wingtip pods contained svillening rocket engines, V tail
             with high set tailplane    1957
P.1215    6-seat light transport with 2 jet engines, version "F" based on Fouga Magister, "M" based on Me 200, P.1215M later renamed into P.1216   
P.1216    6-seat light transport with 2 jet engines, targeted was a fast executive aircraft with a range sufficient for europe to bridge the gap between
            2 engined light transports and 2 engined airliners. As many parts as possible from the Me 200 (HA 200)should have been used     1957
Me X1-21    VTOL interceptor, tailsitter   
P.1217    VTOL heavy transport withh 6 PTL-engines and tilt wing. payload 12.000 kg, 4 engines on the wing, 2 on the tailplane at the nose    1957
Me X1-0001    variant of the Me X1-21 for conventional take-off and landing    1957
P.1218    experimental VTOL aircraft for exporation of the most suitable layout for a VTOL fighter. Dimensions similar to the planned service aircraft,
              but just 25% of the weight (1700 kg).many variants. e.g. with 2 jet engines and svivelling rocket engines, svivelling engines at the
              fuselage sides, vertical prop in the tail for hover control, or with svivelling nozzles.Ground attack aircraft proposed as replacement for the Fiat G.91: 2 cruise and 1 lift engine, MTOW between 2750 and 4200 kg, Mach 1.7 in 11.000m    1957/58
P.1219    assault transport with 4 PTL engines and 10.000kg payload. Concept base on Me 323 amd Me 264. high wing with relative low wing loading
             and high aspect ratio. Nose and rear loading door/ramp, cargo hold with railway profile, crew above the nose door, length 26,4m, span
             42.5m, wing area 178 m, cruising speed 400 km/h    1957
P.1220    medium range civil transport, based on P.1219, 4 PTL engines , payload 12.000 kg    1958
P.1221    STOL aircraft with 2 PTL and 2 fanjet engines. Initiated by the ministry of economics as DC-3 replacement. Blown flaps, 2 PTL-engines of
             1100kW each, payload 2850 kg    1958
P.1222    5 J85 jet engines , no other information    1958
P.1223    STOL light transport with 2 PTL engines of 715 kW each. For short take-off wing and engines were tilted against the horizontal attitude and
             Fowler wing extended. Momentim compensation by an additional prop above the tailplane or by puffer jets    1958
P.1224    STOL transport with 4 PTL engines of 715 kW each and tilting wing. MTOWW 14.000kg, payload 2850kg (30 pax), layout as P.1223    1958
P.1225    supersonic VTOL ground attack aircraft, specified performance as for G.91, 4 RB.153 jet engines without reheat, 2 for cruise, 2 for lift,
             weight 5340 kg, payload 610 kg, Mach 1.8 in 11 km altitude, range 1200 km    1959
XB1-0001    delta wing with jet engine    1959
P.1226    subsonic VTOL ground attack aircraft, specified performance as for G.91 as P.1225, puffer jets for hover control as in P.1225, weight 5960
            kg, payload 600 kg, Mach 0.9    1959
P.1227    VTOL fighter bomber with 4 jet engines with reheat and thrust vectoring for lift/cruise and 2 jet engines without reheat for lift, design for 
             VJ 101B, two variants, MTOW 8840 kg, payload 230kg     1959
P.1228    VTOL fighter bomber with 4 jet engines with reheat in tilting nacelles for lift/cruise and 2 jet engines without reheat for lift in the fuselage,
             5 variants with different fuel volume and wings, MTOW 11.350 kg, payload 910kg (variant 5)    1959
P.1229    VTOL fighter bomber with 4 jet engines with reheat in tilting nacelles for lift/cruise and 2 jet engines without reheat for lift in the
             fuselage    1959
P.1286    all-weather fighter with 2 J85 engines with rehaet in tilting nacelles at the wingtips and 2 J85 for lift behind the cockpit.    1958
Me P.2010    V/STOL jet using the rotorjet principle   
Me P.2020-4     V/STOL  transport for 6000kg/55 pax using the rotorjet principle, range 1200 km    1968
Me P.2040    V/STOL short haul jet, triggered by RFP from the ministry of defence for a civil/military transport, specified performance as for
                   Boeing 737 (9500kg), see rotorjet   
Me P.2050    military V/STOL transport using the rotorjet principle,    1970
HA-56    4-seat light transport, based on HA 200, MTOW 3800 kg, cruising speed 620 km/h, range 2800 km    1960
HA-57    single-seat fighter bomber, based on HA 200, MTOW 3800 kg, cruising speed 690 km/h, range 1600 km in 9000m    1960
Me 100    basic trainer based on HA 100 with engines between 330kW and 550kW, or with 2 jet engines Turbomeca Marbore II. Trainer HA 100 can
              be modified into jet trainer just by exchanging the forward fuselage, including nosewheel and guns, fuselage basically HA 100 without
               major changes, MTOW 2072 to 2655kg    1953/55
SP 100    VTOL ground attack aircraft with GE X 3553 jet engine and 2 J85 without reheat, delta wing, MTOW 5360kg    1959
SP 101    VTOL ground attack aircraft with jet engine and 1 RB 153 without reheat, delta wing, MTOW 4470kg, variant SP 101-1 4300kg    1959
Me 108D    "Super Taifun", development of Me 108 for VTOL proposed by Gero Madelung. 1 lift engine RB 153 and an engine with 110kW to 184kW,
                pufferjets in ailerons for lateral control, longitudinal control by the rudders in the prop slipstream    1958
Me 108F     project for a new "Taifun", designed by Reinhold Ficht, as a contender against the US and french light aircraft. Foundation of the "Taifun
                GmbH", but all holding members retreated in the first year     1975
Me 108W    4-seat sports aircraft  based on the "old" me 108calculation for an aircraft with many parts of the HA 100    1952
SP 110    VTOL ground attack aircraft with jet engine and 2 RB 153 with reheat, delta wing, MTOW 7200 to 8110kg, variants 1 to 4    1959
Me 120    trainer with 2 jet engines of 3.9kN each, tandem seating, MTOW 2500 kg, cruising speed 530 km/h, range 1250 km, ancestor to
              Me 200    1953
SP 120    6 to 8-seat light transport (including crew of 2) with 2 jet engines,     1960
SP 120-4    8 to 12-seat light transport (including crew of 2) with 2 jet engines,     1960/61
SP 120-6    18 to 23-seat small airliner (including crew of 2) with 4 jet engines, variants 120-7 and 120-7-1 (3 jet engines with svivelling nozzles)
SP 120-8    32-seat airliner (including crew of 2) with 4 jet engines, variants 120-9 without svivelling nozzles for 34 pax and 120-9-1 with 3 and
                 and 120-9-2 with 2 jet engines without svivelling nozzles    1961
SP 121    8-seat light transport,0 with 2 Astazou engines working on a single prop, wing tail and landing gear from the HA 200    1961
SP 122    business aircraft for 7 pax with "propulsionfan-engine" LFS 226 in the tail, based on 2 GE T 58 engines. pressured cabin, cruising speed
              Mach 0.8, range 2500km, take-off and landing distance 400m, variants 1 to 3, variant 4: 1 jet engine, variants 5 to 8 : 6 to 8 pax, 2 jet
              engines     1961/62
SP 123    also designated Me P.123, later Me 308 Jet Taifun. Trainer/light transport  for 4 to 6 pax (including crew)many variants, blown wings,
              boundary layer control, different wing sweeps and forward swept wing     1962/63
SP 124    also designated Me P.124, civil/military STOL aircraft with 2 Aubisque engines of 6,86kN each. blown flaps and tail plane, MTOW 2900kg
              (mil.trainer), variant WM-2 with 2 engines GE CJ 610-2B with 10,2kN each. Me P.124-5: 2 Marbore II with 3,9kN each, or Daimler-Benz
              DB TL6 with 3,4kN (see also Me 208 Jet Taifun), Me P.124-8 2 Aubisque without bleed air, MTOW 3260kg    1962/63
SP 130    VTOL interceptor/fighter bomber/ground attack aircraft, 1 jet engine with reheat, 1 without for lift     1961
Sp 132    VTOL interceptor/fighter bomber/ground attack aircraft, 1 jet engine with reheat, 1 without for lift     1961
SP 140    transport with 2 to 3 jet engines RR RB 154, or 1 to 2 RB 168-1   
SP 141    Simple transport with 2 PTL engines. MTOW 6000kg, version 3m with additional engine with pusher prop in the tail     
Me P.141   Simple 3,5t transport based on the experiences with the Me 323, especially suited for less developed countries, strutted high wing with
              2 735kW engines, e.g. bastan, GE T 58, DB PTL6. nose and tail loading doors, fixed landing gear, the same ribs for wing and tail. published
             on the aerosalon paris 1963. Changes in configuration: Pressure cabin, more powerful engines like RR Dart, MTOW 9200kg. Negotiations
              for construction with Portugal, portugese government agreed, but project was doomed due to lack of money. Variants SP 141K : 2 Astazou,
             141-2, 2 Astazou MTOW 5650kg, 1413m: 3 Astazou (tow pulling, one pushing prop), MTOW 7500kg    1962/65
Me P.142    Simple 4,5t transport, based on the P.141 with 2 Lycoming jet engines PLF 1B-2 with 23kN each, MTOW 11.850kg, payload 4500kg,
               37 pax    1965
Me P.143    transport with 4 ZTL engines and blown wings    1965
Me P.150-1    trainer/light transport for 8 pax, 1 jet engine    1961
Me P.151    light transport for 4 to 6 pax, 1 Astazou X engine with 470kW, MTOW 2700kg, cabin dimensions as Me 308    1964
Me P.155    attack transport for 1,3t payload (12 fully equipped soldiesr) with 2 lycoming ZT53 jet engines, pressure cabin with circular cross section,
                loading ramp in the tail, STOL performance by blown flaps, MTOW 5310 kg    1965
MeSP160/ P.160    short haul airliner intended as Vickers Viscount and Convair 440 replacement, different configurations (1 to 18)for 40 to 66 pax,
              with 2 to 4 jet engines, range 1000km, payload 5500kg, freighter with 6,5t payload over 1000 km    1962/64
SP.161    VTOL/STOL transport with 2 BS Pegasus thrust vectoring jet engines of 76,5kN each. Payload 5000kg, MTOW 21400kg, range 1500km,
             cruising speed 850 km/h, wing area 45,5 m ( 53,3m for variant 4). During cruise flight one engine shut down    1962/62
SP.162    small airliner/transport with 2 GE CF 700-B2 jet engines for 20 pax, MTOW 7800kg, variants 2 and 3    1962/62
Me P.170    (Me P.160 VTOL) VTOL version of the P.160 with two telescopic and retractable rotors of 12,5m diameter (fully extended) and 104kN
              thrust, tipspeed of Mach 0.9 , Necessary power for each rotor 2940kW or 12.65kN thrust for each rotor blade, equal to 42.2 kg/s ducted air,
              powerplant e.g. RB 185 with 28.4 kN. take-off weight 17.700 kg. rotors interconnected with ducts (for the case of an engine failure)    1963
Me P.180    VTOL variant of the Me P.123 with retractable rotor ("rotorjet"), 2 DB TL6 jet engines fitted with a freewheeling turbine to drive a
                compressor for a cold cycle. Use of a shortened hingeless rotor with cyclic control. After transition, the rotor would have been stopped,
                shortened and retracted into the upper fuselage. During cruising flight additional thrust from the jet exhausts at the rear fuselage from
               the hot cycle.Small area wing, optimised for cruising flight. Take-off weight 2300kg, range 3000km at 75 km/h, two variants    1963
Me P.190    Me 300 VTOL) VTOL trainer with  telescopic and retractable rotor. 2 DB TL6 engines. Me 300 VTOL with 2 GE J85 engines of 17.2kN each
                with reheat. rotor diameter 10m, weight 5300kg    1963
Me P.191    variant of the P.190 with decreased wing area of 12.75m    1963
HA-200/Me 200    2-seat basic/advanced trainer with 2 marbore II engines 3.9kN. Several variants with differing participation from Messerschmitt.
HA-210    2-seat basic/advanced trainer with 2 marbore VI engines 4.7kN.     1963
P.201    2-seat trainer, respectively 4-seat courier aircraft, development of the Me 200    1955
P.204    8-seat light transport/fast courier with 2 jet engines from 3.9 to 7.8kN. Development of the Me 200. MTOW 4000kg, cruising speed 510 to
           680km/h, range 1000km    1956
P.208    6-seat (including crew) light transport/fast courier , wing identical to HA-200, designed as "kit plane"   
P.208/OM    6-seat (including crew) light transport/fast courier , with 2 reciprocating engines of 184 to 294kW each, MTOW 3000kg, cruising speed
             380km/h, range 1600km    1957
P.208/TL    6-seat (including crew) light transport/fast courier , with 2 jet engines of 3.9 to 6.9kN each, MTOW 2900kg, cruising speed 500km/h,
              range 1000km    1957
P.208/PTL    6-seat (including crew) light transport/fast courier , with 2 PTL (turboprop) engines of 294 to 515kW each    1957
Me P.216    5-seat business aircarft/light transport with 2 Astazou XII with 515kW each. Pressurized and climatised cabin. MTOW 2975kg    1965
Me P.216PT/T1    5-seat business aircarft/light transport with 2 Astazou XII with 470kW each. Pressurized and climatised cabin. MTOW 3025kg
Me P.216J/T1    5-seat business aircarft/light transport with 2 Marbore jet engines with 4.7kN each. Pressurized and climatised cabin. MTOW 2970kg,
                cruising speed 750km/h in 11.000m, range 2150km    1965/66
Me 230    6-seat light transport with 2 Marbore II jet engines with 3.9kN each.Utilisation of many HA-200 components, but engines in wing nacelles,
              insteat of the fuselage nose. MTOW 3340kg, cruising speed 400km/h , range 1930km (see P.1216), HA-230: 2 Aubisque with 6,86kN each.
             Design from Max Blm parallel to Hornungs Me P.124.MTOW 3800kg, cruising speed 680km/h , range 2400km (without reserves)    1957/59
Me P.260    short-haul airliner with 3 E300 jet engines in the tail with 29.4kN each, swept trapezoidal low wing, conventional tail, MTOW 26.000kg,
               max.payload 8250kg or 60 pax, cruising speed 950km/h, range 1120km with 60 pax and 2500 freight.    1968
Me P.260/2m    short-haul airliner for 45 pax with 2 E300 jet engines with 29.4kN each, MTOW 19.000kg, max.payload 5830kg, cruising speed
              760km/h, range 1020km .    1968
Me P.260/3m    short-haul airliner for 60 pax with 3 E300 jet engines in the tail with 29.4kN each, MTOW 26.000kg, cruising speed 800km/h, range
                1100km with max.payload (8350kg)     1968
Me P.263/M1    light STOL army recce aircraft with 1 Lycoming ZT53  engine with 9.5kN. Blown flaps and ailerons (at the rear edges). All-terrain
                landing gear with a skid under the fuselage and retractable auxiliary skids under the wingtips. weight 2100kg, cruising speed 780km/h
                near the ground, range 600km, take-off distance 350m, landing distance 290m (with blown surfaces)    1965
Me P.263    STOL army recce aircraft with 1 engine, weight 2100kg, intake behind the cockpit, auxiliary wheels under the tip tanks    1965
P.300    interceptor for conventional or vertical take-off with 1 Bristol Orpheus 12R enginewith reheat and 2 rocket engines with 9.8kN     1958/60
HA 300    light supersonic fighter, pre-design in the FRG, development began in Spain and was proceeded with in Egypt (see own chapter)    1961/62
Me P.308    "Jet Taifun", development of the Me 108, 6 to 10-seat business aircraft/light transport with pressurized cabin and 2 jet engines, e.g. GE
               CJ610-4 with 10.7kN each. Variants as freighter/military transport or paratroop trainer, ground attack aircraft and NASARR trainer,
               Medevac aircraft for 2 pilots, one paramedic and 4 lying or 2 siting wounded. MTOW 5380kg, cruising speed 800km/h in 12.000m, range
              up to 3100km    1965
Me P.362/M1    light 2-seat STOL ground attack aircraft/trainer with 2 jet engines. 25% flap blowing (?), weight 4800kg, variants S1, M2 and
             S2    1965
P.364/4m    transport with 4 turboprop engines, wing area 280m    1955
P.364/2m    transport with 2 turboprop engines, wing area 150m    1955
Me 400A    2-seat multi purpose aircraft for basic and advanced training and fighter bomber missions. 2 jet engines, utilisation of HA-200
                components like wing, tail and tip tanks, weight up to 6000kg    1966
Me P.400    2 engined attack trainer    1968
Me P.408A/01    Me P.308 with 50% blowing, exhaust mixing, jet flaps only, 2 jet engines    1965
Me P.408B/01/02/012    Me P.308 with 25% blowing, 2 jet engines    1965
Me P.408 (RJ 408)    "Transformation aircraft", rotorjet, 7-seat VTOL light transport with foldable rotor, see "rotorjet"    1967
Me P.508 (RJV 408 2A)    experimental aircarft for a Transformation aircraft of the rotorjet type, utilising the fuselage of the Mitsubishi MU-2J,
             including landing gear, which should be set onto the rectangular wing    1977
Me P.508 (RJV 408 2B)    see before, but with T-tail    1977

Topic split, albeit imperfectly. Jemiba's list overlaps quite a bit that of boxkite earlier in the thread, but they both make up a great source of information.
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