Messerschmitt Me 321/323, pre- and follow-on projects (ZSO 523)

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Jemiba said:
Got "Deutsche Lastensegler" by Heint Mankau and Peter Petrick for a bargain price this
week, interesting compendium of the German tarnsport and assault gliders. It contains a
drawing of the Zeppelin Messerschmitt ZMe 323G, a Me 323 development delegated
to Zeppelin, which would have been powered by six GR 14R engines and with the cockpit
located further forward, clearly the precursor to the ZSO 523.

Great find my dear Jemiba.
 

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.. and overlooked until now, the Me 323F, with Jumo 211 inlilne engines and raised cockpit:
 

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Incredible,


the Messeschmitt Me.321 used as a mother ship for parasite aircraft Bf.110 ?.


http://www.deutscheluftwaffe.de/archiv/Dokumente/ABC/m/Messerschmitt/Me%20321/Huckepack%20Me%20323%20Blatt%202.jpg


http://www.deutscheluftwaffe.de/archiv/Dokumente/ABC/m/Messerschmitt/Me%20321/Huckepack%20Me%20323.jpg
 

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Nope, it's a proposal to use the "Tragschlepp" (carrying tow) method to launch the Me 321.
Until the development of the He 111Z there was only the Ju 90 capable to tow the Me 321
alone and tghen not even fully loaded. So the "Troika-Schlepp" was developed, with 3 Me 110
towing a single Me 321. That proved to be possible but dangerous, so that method was proposed,
but never tested or even used operationally.
 

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Does anyone know where I could find a drawing of the Me 323E-2/WT??
I've always been curious about that bit of madness... I think it would've been the largest escort fighter ever.
 

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The only drawing I could find, unfortunately quite small, is from Ernst Peter "Giganti":
 

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Heureka, a drawing of the E-2/WT with at least a partial top view, showing the
nose turret and the positions of the four wing mounted turrets.
Source was an issue from FiegerRevue, but I'm not sure, my ACDSee description
file isn't readable anymore ... :-\
 

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Jemiba said:
Nope, it's a proposal to use the "Tragschlepp" (carrying tow) method to launch the Me 321.
Until the development of the He 111Z there was only the Ju 90 capable to tow the Me 321
alone and tghen not even fully loaded. So the "Troika-Schlepp" was developed, with 3 Me 110
towing a single Me 321. That proved to be possible but dangerous, so that method was proposed,
but never tested or even used operationally.

Thank you my dear Jemiba.
 

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Jemiba said:
Heureka, a drawing of the E-2/WT with at least a partial top view, showing the
nose turret and the positions of the four wing mounted turrets.
Source was an issue from FiegerRevue, but I'm not sure, my ACDSee description
file isn't readable anymore ... :-\
I believe the original image comes from 'Warplanes of the Third Reich'...

cheers,
Robin.
 

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Jemiba said:
Heureka, a drawing of the E-2/WT with at least a partial top view, showing the
nose turret and the positions of the four wing mounted turrets.
Source was an issue from FiegerRevue, but I'm not sure, my ACDSee description
file isn't readable anymore ... :-\
Thank you sir - fascinating.
 

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robunos said:
I believe the original image comes from 'Warplanes of the Third Reich'...
Yes, this may be correct. The FliegerRevue magazine probably often used "ready made"
drawings, too. The style with seceral side views and just a single top and front view
could be found quite often there, and I scanned quite a lot of articles from FliegerRevue
issues. Since I've4 switched to Win 7, I cannot open several (not all !) descript.ion
files (ACDSee description files) anymore, not even using a text editor.
 

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From Kryl'ya Rodine 1/2018,

a clearer view to Me.261 Project.
 

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