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  • Messerschmitt Me 261 Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft

    The Messerschmitt Me 261 was intended as a long-range reconnaissance platform for the Luftwaffe during World War 2 - just three prototypes were made.

     Updated: 1/17/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    Messerschmitt Me 261 V3 Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1940
    Type: Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft
    National Origin: Nazi Germany
    Manufacturer(s): Messerschmitt AG - Nazi Germany
    Production Total: 3

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 7
    Length: 54.72 feet (16.68 meters)
    Width: 88.12 feet (26.86 meters)
    Height: 15.45 feet (4.71 meters)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Daimler-Benz DB610A/B 24-cylinder inverted Vee engines (2 x coupled DB605 units) developing 2,900 horsepower each.

    Maximum Speed: 385 mph (620 kph; 335 knots)
    Maximum Range: 6,851 miles (11,025 km)
    Service Ceiling: 27,100 feet (8,260 meters; 5.13 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Global Operators / Customers

    Nazi Germany (cancelled)

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    Me 261 - Base Series Designation

    Me 261 V1

    Me 261 V2

    Me 261 V3