Junkers Ju P.009 (Hubjager) Jet-Powered Interceptor Proposal
The proposed Junkers P.009 interceptor of wartime Germany would have taken off vertically and landed on a fuselage-mounted skid arrangement.
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The situation for Germany during World War 2 (1939-1945) was taking a turn for the worse during the campaigns of 1944 as Allied warplanes hammered all reaches of the Hitler's once-proud empire. This led to various initiatives enacted by authorities to help stem the tide of defeat that included both rocket- and jet-powered interceptors designed to meet the high-altitude threat head-on in short order. A plethora of designs emerged before the end with many never to see the light of day. One such interceptor under brief consideration was the Junkers Ju P.009 intended to succeed the famous Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet".
The Me 263 was a single-seat rocket-powered interceptor aircraft which offered exceptional performance while being compact and reusable. Its performance, particularly its rate-of-climb, was second-to-none and its construction largely conventional - both good qualities to have in a wartime aircraft. However, its failings lay in its volatile rocket fuel mixture, which held an inherent tendency to ignite, and its precarious landing procedure which required the pilot to land the plane on its belly-mounted skid. The Me 163, it seemed, was more of a threat to its operators than it was to any one Allied bomber.
Junkers revisited the Me 163 approach and began in-house development of a possible successor. A teardrop fuselage was designed that incorporated the pilot in a reclined position at the nose. The nose would be covered over in a large, clear plastic cone for maximum vision - the cockpit full pressurized for the rigors of high-altitude flying. The tail unit was traditional with a single vertical fin and low-mounted horizontal tailplanes. The wing mainplanes would be mounted low along the fuselage sides just ahead of midships. Proposed armament became 2 x 20mm MG 151 cannons fitted over and under the nose (one over the starboard side and the other under port). It was thought that these guns could be easily replaced by 2 x 30mm MK 108 cannons if requested.