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The Messerschmitt 410 Hornisse (Hornet) was the last in a series of three destroyer fighter bomber aircraft, the earlier aircraft were the Messerschmitt 110 and Messerschmitt 210, surprisingly the oldest, the Messerschmitt 110, was in fact to remain in production longer than both it's would be replacements, this was partially due to the 210 having take-off and landing aerodynamic problems. The prototype Messerschmitt 410 Hornisse was based on the unsuccessful Messerschmitt 210 airframe, but with it's unpleasant vices designed out, within weeks of it's first successful flight it was ordered into production entering operational service in April 1943.

Messerschmitt ME410A Hornisse Fighter Plane

 

Approximately 1160 Messerschmitt 410's had been produced by 1945 when production was finally brought to a halt by a combination of allied air-raids on production plants, and it's increasing vulnerability to modern allied fighters a result of  poor defensive armament.

Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and gunner
  • Height: 17,598 lb
  • Length: 40 ft 11.5 in
  • Wing Span 53 ft 7.7
  • Empty Weight: 17,598 lb
  • Loaded weight: 24,772 lb
  • Engines: Twin 1750 hp (1304.61 kW) Daimler-Benz DB 603A inverted-V engines
  • Maximum Speed: 388 mph @ 21,980 ft
  • Service Ceiling: 32,810 ft
  • Maximum Range: 1,050 miles

Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse Armament:

  • Twin nose mounted 7,92 mm MG 17 machineguns
  • Two fuselage barbette mounted 13 mm MG 1317 machineguns
  • Twin nose mounted 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon
  • Twin ventral tray mounted 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon
  • Maximum of 1,000 kg of bombs
 

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