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woofiedog
01-16-2007, 10:48 PM
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Blohm&Voss BV 40

The Blohm + Voss BV 40 was a German glider fighter designed to attack Allied bomber formations.

Designed at the DFS (Deutschen forschungsanstalt fr segelflug, German research institute for unpowered flight) in 1936 the Habicht (Hawk) was to be capable of dives up to end velocity. It was a very clean glider with gull wings and a span of 13.6m. It had an open cockpit. During test flights a maximum speed of 450km/h was clocked during dives. A lot of future Luftwaffe pilots got their first taste of flying on these gliders. During the war two new versions where developed with 8 and 6m wing span and where named Stummel Habicht (clipped hawk). Both these versions had a straight wing. These gliders where used to train pilots that would be flying the radical Me 163 Komet. For a long time the Habicht was the only German glider that was fully acrobatic. No example survived the war intact but, in 1987 a replica was flown for the first time. Since then a second airworthy machine has been built.

The mounting and unrelenting harassment of allied heavy bombers was becoming an ever bigger problem for the German war industry. Because of the heavy defences of these bombers, attacks with traditional fighter aircraft resulted in rising losses. Several design projects where started to find new ways of dealing with this problem. One of them was the Blohm & Voss Bv 40. The Bv 40 started life as project P186. This project was to result in a ramming fighter. After teaming up with another design team studying the same concept, chief engineer Dr. Vogt of B&V came to the conclusion that a ram-proof wing would be too heavy to make a ramming aircraft practical. Instead the P186 now would be a heavily armed and armoured attack glider. To make it a as small as possible target, the pilot would be in a prone position. The aircraft would be made of non strategic materials and was to be armed with 2 MK 108 cannons. A Me 109 would tow it up to above the enemy bomber formations, and release it at a safe distance. The glider would then make a high speed head-on attack run. In the autumn of 1943 a mock-up of the P 186 was shown to the RLM and construction of a pre series was started. In December 1943 the RLM ordered 6 prototypes and assigned the Bv 40 designation. To save weight the first 4 machines (V1,2,4 and 5, the V3 was to be used for static load testing) had lighter armour and only one cannon built in. By February ?44 the total number ordered had risen to 20 machines. The V1 to V5 where coded PN+UC to PN+UF. The first flight took place on 6 may 1944 towed by a Me 110. In total 19 test flights where made before the project was cancelled in august ?44. The V1 and V4 crash landed during tests, but the V1 could be repaired. In October the remaining 14 machines, some still under construction, where destroyed during an allied bombing raid.


General characteristics
Crew: 1 man
Length: 5.70 m (18.7 ft)
Wingspan: 7.90 m (25.9 ft)
Height: 1.63 m (5.34 ft)
Wing area: 8.70 m² ()
Empty weight: 835 kg max. (1,840.9 lb)
Loaded weight: 950 kg (2,094.4 lb)
Performance
Maximum speed: 900 km/h in descending flight (560 mph)
Cruise speed: 555 km/h towed (6,000 m height) (345 mph)
Armament
Two 30 mm Rheinmetall Borsig MK 108 cannons (35 rounds per gun = 70 rounds total)

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woofiedog
01-16-2007, 10:48 PM
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Blohm&Voss BV 40

The Blohm + Voss BV 40 was a German glider fighter designed to attack Allied bomber formations.

Designed at the DFS (Deutschen forschungsanstalt fr segelflug, German research institute for unpowered flight) in 1936 the Habicht (Hawk) was to be capable of dives up to end velocity. It was a very clean glider with gull wings and a span of 13.6m. It had an open cockpit. During test flights a maximum speed of 450km/h was clocked during dives. A lot of future Luftwaffe pilots got their first taste of flying on these gliders. During the war two new versions where developed with 8 and 6m wing span and where named Stummel Habicht (clipped hawk). Both these versions had a straight wing. These gliders where used to train pilots that would be flying the radical Me 163 Komet. For a long time the Habicht was the only German glider that was fully acrobatic. No example survived the war intact but, in 1987 a replica was flown for the first time. Since then a second airworthy machine has been built.

The mounting and unrelenting harassment of allied heavy bombers was becoming an ever bigger problem for the German war industry. Because of the heavy defences of these bombers, attacks with traditional fighter aircraft resulted in rising losses. Several design projects where started to find new ways of dealing with this problem. One of them was the Blohm & Voss Bv 40. The Bv 40 started life as project P186. This project was to result in a ramming fighter. After teaming up with another design team studying the same concept, chief engineer Dr. Vogt of B&V came to the conclusion that a ram-proof wing would be too heavy to make a ramming aircraft practical. Instead the P186 now would be a heavily armed and armoured attack glider. To make it a as small as possible target, the pilot would be in a prone position. The aircraft would be made of non strategic materials and was to be armed with 2 MK 108 cannons. A Me 109 would tow it up to above the enemy bomber formations, and release it at a safe distance. The glider would then make a high speed head-on attack run. In the autumn of 1943 a mock-up of the P 186 was shown to the RLM and construction of a pre series was started. In December 1943 the RLM ordered 6 prototypes and assigned the Bv 40 designation. To save weight the first 4 machines (V1,2,4 and 5, the V3 was to be used for static load testing) had lighter armour and only one cannon built in. By February ?44 the total number ordered had risen to 20 machines. The V1 to V5 where coded PN+UC to PN+UF. The first flight took place on 6 may 1944 towed by a Me 110. In total 19 test flights where made before the project was cancelled in august ?44. The V1 and V4 crash landed during tests, but the V1 could be repaired. In October the remaining 14 machines, some still under construction, where destroyed during an allied bombing raid.


General characteristics
Crew: 1 man
Length: 5.70 m (18.7 ft)
Wingspan: 7.90 m (25.9 ft)
Height: 1.63 m (5.34 ft)
Wing area: 8.70 m² ()
Empty weight: 835 kg max. (1,840.9 lb)
Loaded weight: 950 kg (2,094.4 lb)
Performance
Maximum speed: 900 km/h in descending flight (560 mph)
Cruise speed: 555 km/h towed (6,000 m height) (345 mph)
Armament
Two 30 mm Rheinmetall Borsig MK 108 cannons (35 rounds per gun = 70 rounds total)

http://avia.russian.ee/pictures/germany/blohm_bv-40.jpg

Link:
http://oldwolf.diy.myrice.com/ww2aircraft/images/Bv40-4.jpg
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