Blohm and Voss Bv P.209.02 Jet-Powered Single-Seat Fighter Proposal
The Blohm and Voss P.209 02 fighter project made use of forward-swept wing mainplanes and a conventional tail unit.
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1944 presented a myriad of problems for the Germans during World War 2 (1939-1945). Such was the pain from Allied air superiority that several measures were enacted to help stem losses - including a heavy commitment to development of rocket- and turbojet-powered fighters and interceptors. One of the more unique design approaches witnessed from the work of German aviation engineers was in the application of forward-swept wings through some of the seriously-considered aircraft designs. One of the most famous of these applications became the Junkers Ju 287 bomber (detailed elsewhere on this site) which ended the war as nothing more than a prototype while one of the lesser known of the forward-sweep submissions became Dr. Richard Vogt's "Project 209" fighter under the Blohm and Voss brand label.
Work on the new compact fighter was spawned from a German Air Ministry directive which brought together the might of the local aviation industry in one meeting - its goal to solve the requirement for a high-speed fighter (a "Schnelljager"). Simplicity remained key so a single pilot would be committed to operating the aircraft and a sole turbojet engine was to provide the needed propulsion. All other facets could be designed freely by engineers though attention to what war materials were available to builders should remain a key consideration going forward. It was hoped by the Air Ministry that the companies - which included Blohm and Voss, Focke-Wulf, Heinkel and Messerschmitt - would come to an agreement about the general design direction this fighter would take though the Air Ministry would also entertain solo submissions from each company directly if need be. The engine of choice became the Heinkel-Hirth HeS 011 series turbojet of 2,865 pounds thrust.