Lippisch P.20

Justo Miranda

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- Lippisch P.20​

At the beginning of 1943 the OKL had serious doubts about the viability of the Me 163. To the various clashes occurred during flight tests, it has to be added the delay in the availability of the HWK RII-211 rocket engine, which first approved units for flying –still far from being safe- would not arrive at Peenemünde until July.

The Allies offensive of bombers increased everyday. Their escort fighters repelled the Bf 109 and Fw 190 and more devastating incursions were expected with the coming of good weather. The Me 262 did not seem to be the best solution. Its performance in dog fighting was not brilliant, its combat ceiling was insufficient, its engines were not safe and its airframe suffered of compressibility buffeting.

The Komet –which first 70 airframes were uselessly expecting their engines at Regensburg factory – was urgently needed in combat. The Abteilung L proposed the construction of two alternative version (Parallelenwürfe) in April. The first project was named Lippisch P.20, on 16 April 1943. Basically, it was a Me 163 with a Jumo 004 turbojet installed under the pilot, 36º swept wing and tricycle type undercarriage. The second project (Lippisch 8-334) never received the RLM official designation. Due to the strong personal disagreement between Lippisch and Messerschmit, Abteilung L was dissolved on 28 April and Lippisch himself left the company on 1 May.

Technical data Lippisch P.20​

single seat interceptor fighter

Wings wooden structure, plywood cladding with 36º swept at the leading edge and 29º at the trailing edge

Fuselage light alloy structure and cladding

Cockpit pressurised, control heating, frontal armour against 12.7 mm shelling and from the rear against 20 mm

Tailfin light alloy structure and cladding

Undercarriage tricycle type, the main legs retractable inwards and the front gear retractable to the rear after switching 90º

Engine one Junkers Jumo 004C with 1,000 kp static thrust

Fuel tank behind the pilot

Armament two MK 103/30 cannons in the wing roots and two MK 108 in the nose

Electronics one EZ 42 gyrogunsight, FuG 16 Zy VHF transmitter/receiver, FuG 25a IFF radio set

Wingspan 9.3 m

Length 5.73 m

Height 3.02 m

Aspect ratio 5.0:1

Wing area 17.30 sq.m

Max. weight 3,627 kg

Max. speed 905 km/h

Service ceiling 11,600 m


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It reminds me of the Kayaba Katsudori.


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A Me-163 hatched an egg and... nothing come out. Instead, the egg took flight, after growing Me-163 wings and a small tail. :D

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