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A green Messerschmitt Komet aircraft.

Messerschmitt Komet

The rocket-powered Komet was the fastest aircraft of the Second World War.

Yet despite its speed, the Komet was not as successful in combat as expected, only shooting down nine Allied aircraft for a loss of 14 Komets.

This aircraft was built in Nazi Germany by slave labour. It was assembled by the Junkers aircraft company from parts built by several manufacturers. You can find out more about the Komet here.

Messerschmitt Komet fact file

Date:    1945
Mark: Me 163B-1a
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Top speed:  596 mph (960 km/h)
Range: 50 miles (80 km/h)
Weapons: 2 x 30mm MK 108 cannons

A former pilot, Captain Eric Brown, standing next to a Messerschmitt Komet aircraft in a large aviation hangar.

Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown photographed in September 2015 beside our Komet, the aircraft he flew in June 1945.

A small propeller on the front of a Messerschmitt Komet aircraft.

The Komet's small propeller is not designed to move it but to power equipment.

Cockpit view

Inside the cockpit of a Messerschmitt Komet aircraft.

The cockpit of the Messerschmitt Komet.

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