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Messerschmitt ME 163 B (for 3D Studio Max)
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• Uploaded on: 6/26/08
• System Requirements: Windows/ Mac, 3D Studio Max
• File Format: 3D Studio Max
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• Texturing: Combination
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The Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Martin Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. As such it was the only operational rocket-powered fighter aircraft during the Second World War. Although revolutionary and capable of performance unrivaled at the time, it proved ineffective as a fighter and resulted in the destruction of very few Allied aircraft.
On 2 October 1941, the Me 163 A V4, bearing the radio call sign letters, or Stammkennzeichen, "KE+SW", set a new world speed record of 1,004.5 km/h (623.8 mph), piloted by Heini Dittmar. On 6 July 1944, the Me 163 B V18 (VA+SP) set a new world speed record of 1,130 km/h (702 mph), again piloted by Heini Dittmar. This was not surpassed until the American Douglas Skystreak turbojet-powered research aircraft did so on 20 August 1947.
The performance of the Me 163 far exceeded that of contemporary piston engine fighters. At a speed of over 200 mph (320 km/h) the aircraft would take off, in a so-called "sharp start" from the ground, from its two-wheeled dolly. The aircraft would be kept at low altitude until the best climbing speed of around 420 mph was reached, at which point it would jettison the dolly, pull up into an 70° angle of climb, and rapidly climb to the bombers` altitude. It could go even higher if need be, reaching 40,000 ft (12,000 m) in an unheard-of three minutes. Once there, it would level off and quickly accelerate to speeds around 550 mph (880 km/h) or faster, which no Allied fighter could hope to match. Because of its thin wings it didn`t suffer from compressibility or other aerodynamic problems as much as other early jet aircraft. What`s more, the aircraft was remarkably agile and docile to fly at high speed. According to Rudolf Opitz, chief test pilot of the Me 163, it could "fly circles around any other fighter of its time".
In service the Me 163 turned out to be difficult to use against enemy aircraft. Its tremendous speed and climb rate meant a target was reached and passed in a matter of seconds. Although the Me 163 was a stable gun platform it required excellent marksmanship to bring down an enemy bomber. The Komet was equipped with two MK 108 cannons which had a relatively low muzzle velocity which meant they were only accurate at short distance, and that it was almost impossible to hit a slow-moving bomber when the Komet was traveling very fast (three hits were typically needed to take down a B-17).
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This model is a 3DMax model, saved in version 7 as a MAX file, and requires 3DMax to open the model. It does not include any other formats to allow it to be opened in any other software. The model is rigged where appropriate, and mapped and textured.
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