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Luftwaffe Mistel (Mistletoe) / Beethoven-Gerat / Vati und Sohn Composite Bomber Aircraft (1943)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/16/2010

Luftwaffe Mistel programs were trialed as early as 1943 and developed throughout the rest of the war.

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Specifications for the
Luftwaffe Mistel (Mistletoe) / Beethoven-Gerat / Vati und Sohn
Composite Bomber Aircraft


Focus Model: Luftwaffe Mistel 2 (Ju 88G-I with Fw 190A-8)
Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer: Various - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1943
Production: 250


Crew: 1


Length: 47.11ft (14.36m)
Width: 65.88ft (20.08m)
Height: 45.83ft (13.97m)
Weight (Empty): 27,075lbs (12,281kg)
Weight (MTOW): 74,472lbs (33,780kg)


Powerplant: 1 x BMW 801 D-2 OR BMW 801Q/801TU radial piston engine of 1,953 horsepower; 2 x BMW 801G-2 double-row radial piston engines delivering 1,677 horsepower each.


Maximum Speed: 375mph (603kmh; 326kts)
Maximum Range: 1,025miles (1,650km)
Service Ceiling: 34,957ft (10,655m; 6.6miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 0 feet per minute (0m/min)


Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
1 x Bomber airframe with 3,960lb warhead charge.


Variants:
Mistel V1 - Prototype Model consisting of Ju 88A-4 and Bf 109F-4.


Mistel 1 - Junkers Ju 88A-4 bomber mated to Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 fighter.

Mistel S1 - Mistel 1 training platform.

Mistel 2 - Junkers Ju 88G-I bomber mated to Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 or Fw 190F-8 fighter.

Mistel S2 - Mistel 2 training platform

Mistel 3A - Junkers Ju 88A-4 bomber mated to Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8.

Mistel S3A - Mistel 3A training platform

Mistel 3B - Junkers Ju 88H-4 bomber mated to Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter.

Mistel 3C - Junkers Ju 88G-10 bomber mated to Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8 fighter.

Mistel Fuhrungsmachine - Junkers Ju 88A-4/H-4 mated to Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 fighter.

Mistel 4 - Junkers Ju 287 bomber mated to Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

Mistel 5 - Arado E.377A mated to Heinkel He 162 Volksjager jet-powered fighter.


Operators:
Nazi Germany