Wing and a prayer


The Me-163 ‘Komet’ was quite an astounding beast. I alluded to a similar plane when the Wasp squadron visited Dreamland (Chapter Three, blink and you miss it). Flight Journal has a long interview with one of the Komet’s chief test pilots.

It also has to be remembered that the Germans weren’t the only ones experimenting with new and unusual aeroplane designs. The Allies’ first jet plane was the Gloster Whittle, a pre-cursor to the Meteor and test bed for jet engines.

The ‘Hiller-copter’ and Landgraf H-2 were early twin bladed helicopter designs.

America experimented with flying wings in designs such as the XP-56 and XB-35, which I’ve mentioned many times before, but there were also experiments with gliders along the same lines.

The Brits also experimented with flying wings, as well as canard and tandem wing designs.

Even the Swedes got in on the act with the Saab 21A.