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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:11 AM
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Even the model of the 163 are dangerous

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Burning Esc. ME163. (4 min 33 sec)


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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:55 AM
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ha ha ha.......

That's one way to stay warm in winter !

That's quite a pit crew you have there. The fastest radio de-install yet.
This make dynamic soaring look absolutely safe.

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Old Jan 20, 2013, 07:05 PM
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What the total flying weight and wing loading? And cubic wing loading?

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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:32 PM
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Wow, that s heavy for a non powered model!
Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Yet it doesn't fly that fast thanks to the big fuse. Needs aleast 15mph slope wind just to fly......25mph to have fun.

This plane needs a rocket engine.

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Old Jan 31, 2013, 10:55 PM
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Saw something in MA years ago where some Nutbar German(?) modellor made a 10' (?) wingspan model 163 and fitted a monster Pulse jet engine.. 200+ mph 'passes'
Spectacular model, even if a bit over the top :-)
Old Sep 19, 2016, 04:32 PM
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At the Air and Space Museum in VA. Was surprised at how small a real Komet is, so I asked a staffer to jump the rail and pose next to the exhibit for a sense of scale. Cheap cell phone shot, but you get the idea. This plane is almost cute as opposed to the Space Shuttle, which resembles an apartment complex.
Old Sep 20, 2016, 01:55 AM
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Interesting that it's had the cannon hole covered over
Old Sep 20, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Clearly the work of the aerodynamicist.

A few days later, I when back with a slightly better camera and got these shots. This plane appears to be right off of the flying field, scratches and all.
Old Sep 30, 2016, 11:43 PM
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Awesome to see that bit of history up close. Really is about time they gave it a makeover before it deteriorates too much.

By way of background wiki states: An Me 163 B-1a, Werknummer (serial number) 191301, arrived at Freeman Field, Indiana, during mid-1945, and received the foreign equipment number FE-500. On 12 April 1946, it was flown aboard a cargo aircraft to the U.S. Army Air Forces facility at Muroc dry lake in California for flight testing. Testing began on 3 May 1946 in the presence of Dr. Alexander Lippisch and involved towing the unfueled Komet behind a Boeing B-29 Superfortress to an altitude of 9,000–10,500 m (29,500–34,400 ft) before it was released for a glide back to earth under the control of test pilot Major Gus Lundquist. Powered tests were planned, but not carried out after delamination of the aircraft's wooden wings was discovered. It was then stored at Norton AFB, California until 1954, when it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution. The aircraft remained on display in an unrestored condition at the museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland, until 1996, when it was lent to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia for restoration and display but has since been returned to the Smithsonian and as of 2011 is on display unrestored at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington D.C..
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There's a nice example in the Aus war memorial in Canberra. They let you get up quite close. I've got some piccies somewhere...
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This is turning into the history thread
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-...e-flew-in-1945
E Brown on Me-163.avi (4 min 35 sec)
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as of 2011 is on display unrestored at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center..
The unrestored is the best part of the display. Those scratches tell a story.

At this museum, there is no "getting up close" due to the many fixed barriers and ever present museum staff. I had a full 2 days in the museum and had plenty of time to work with the staff. I spent about 1/2 hour speaking to 3 different staffers before I found this young staffer willing to jump the barriers for my photo. The other staffers, who refused to help, quoted museum requirements that no staffer touch any display. Only white gloved hands of restoration specialists are allowed to touch the display. apparently there is a different team assigned to each display. My original request was for the staffer to lean against pod. That was clearly never going to happen.
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Your pics of the Komet are pretty cool. The Navy museum in Pensacola has almost nothing roped or off limits. You can walk up to almost every aircraft in the place.
I took these last summer of the ME 262 and couldn't believe how close I could get.


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