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Aces Flying High

Following Germany’s World War Two defeat in 1945 the victorious Allies were keen to gather up as much of their jet and rocket technology and expertise as they could. These wunderwaffe (“wonder-weapon”) aircraft and rocket designs would go on to heavily influence western and Soviet aviation and rocketry in the coming years of the Cold War.

Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

Alexander Lippisch Designer of the Me 163 Alexander Lippisch – Designer of the Me 163

The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket powered interceptor was a prime example. Designed to quickly intercept the never-ending Allied bomber formations overhead, around 370 Me 163 Komet interceptors were produced for the German Luftwaffe but nowhere near that number were ever operational at one time and with the numerous technical issues, fuel shortages and the dangerous nature of flying the aircraft, they were only operational from July 1944 to May 1945. This being said they were still a revolutionary concept.

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