Messerschmitt Me P.1101 V1: Spoils go to the victor.

The original P.1101 design was Messerschmitt’s answer to the Luftwaffe July 1944 Emergency Fighter Program. That program was looking for a second generation single-seat/single-engined jet fighter to replace the Me 262. A subject of constant development, in the end the P.1101 came nevertheless second best behind the Ta 183. Not wanting to waste the design work, the RLM chose to turn it into a experimental prototype for high-speed testing . In order to do that the resulting P.1101 prototype had a wing which sweep angle could be changed (35, 40, and 45 degrees) on the ground. War events put and end to all that,…in Germany.

A charming group of United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) personnel and their unlikely companion.  When the US Army entered Messerschmitt’s Oberammergau complex they seized, among other things, the Me P.1101 V1 incomplete prototype. Too vandalised to be made airworthy, it was shipped to the Bell Aircraft Works in Buffalo where it served as the obvious basis from the company X-5 aircraft. Sadly, it was scrapped in the early 1950s.

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