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Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/6/2016

With the German Air Force losing its initiative in World War 2, all manner of aircraft designs were in play by the end of the conflict.





There are a total of (81) Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe Aircraft (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. This listing includes all manner of Luftwaffe projects as related to World War 2 including operational-level, conceptual, developmental and other aircraft forms intended to provide Germany with the upper hand in the air war during the conflict.




1944
Arado Ar 234 (Blitz)
As the German Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" ("Swallow") holds the distinction of becoming the worl... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.340
Arado proposed the Ar E.340 for a German Air Ministry requirement during World War 2 calling for a t... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.381 (Kleinstjager)
The Ar E.381 rocket-fighter proposal was submitted in 1944 for review by the German Air Ministry. Wh... [Read More]
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1936
Arado Ar E.500
The E.500 was a proposed heavy fighter design put forth by Arado Flugzeugwerke of Germany. The syste... [Read More]
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1940
Arado Ar E.530
The idea of twin fuselage aircraft was always on the minds of aeronautical engineers throughout Worl... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.555
Arado proposed this E.555 flying wing concept towards the end of 1943 as a high-speed long-range bom... [Read More]
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1945
Arado Ar E.560
The Arado E.560 series of developmental high-speed jet bombers saw a large evolution on paper. Desig... [Read More]
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1937
Arado Ar E.561
The Arado Ar E.561 was on the drawing boards as early as 1937. Classified as a heavy fighter, the ty... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.580
Once the Volksjager competition came around in 1944, Arado Flugzeugwerke went back to a 1943 design ... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar E.581.4
The Arado Ar E.581.4 was a proposed single-seat, jet-powered fighter design put forth by the Arado c... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.654 (Kampfzerstorer / Skorpion)
The Arado Ar E.654 was proposed as a heavy fighter / destroyer platform designed from another Arado... [Read More]
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1945
Arado Ar Projekt II
The Arado Ar Projekt II was a proposed jet-powered fighter of considerable size. It carried a basic ... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-13
The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-13 was a design concept envisioned as a rocket-propelled interceptor for the ... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15
The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 concept was born out of an in-house research project studying the possibil... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23
The single-seat, jet-powered Arado Ar TEW 16/43-23 design was penciled sometime in 1943. Categorized... [Read More]
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1945
Arado NJ-1 Nacht Jager (Night Hunter)
Project NJ-1 "Nacht Jager 1" ("Night Hunter 1") was put forth by the Arado concern of Germany during... [Read More]
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1945
Bachem Ba 349 Natter (Adder / Viper)
The Bachem Ba 349 Natter (translated to "Adder" though also known as the "Viper") was one of the lat... [Read More]
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1938
Blohm and Voss Bv 141
While the Blohm & Voss (or "Blohm und Voss") aircraft firm will forever be linked to their many succ... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 155
The Blohm & Voss Bv 155 can trace its long and ever changing history back to a Messerschmitt project... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv 40
While generally focused on shipbuilding for its role in history, the German concern of Blohm und Vos... [Read More]
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1943
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
The Blohm & Voss concern of Germany has been remembered primarily as a shipbuilder but it also provi... [Read More]
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1942
Blohm and Voss Bv P.170
During World War 2 (1939-1945), German shipbuilder Blohm and Voss ventured into many aircraft design... [Read More]
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1943
Blohm and Voss Bv P.192
The German concern of Blohm & Voss (also Blohm und Voss) is largely remembered for their commitment ... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.194
Despite the successes encountered by the German Luftwaffe with their famous Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" di... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.208
Blohm and Voss, the famous German shipbuilder of World War 2 was also responsible for several of the... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.209.02
1944 presented a myriad of problems for the Germans during World War 2 (1939-1945). Such was the pai... [Read More]
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1945
Blohm and Voss Bv P.212
A major strategic oversight on the part of the German Air Ministry was not pursuing large four-engin... [Read More]
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1944
BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
In the years leading up to World War 2 (1939-1945) the German Luftwaffe mistakenly neglected heavy b... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (or "Arrow") was one of the more interesting examples of a twin prop-driven... [Read More]
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1945
Dornier Do P.256 (Project 256)
Dornier of World War 2 Germany was forced by the Air Ministry to focus its production strength on bo... [Read More]
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1944
Fieseler Fi 103R (Reichenberg)
The Fiseler Fi 103R was, in essence, the piloted form of the successful V-1 rocket that terrorized L... [Read More]
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1939
Flettner Fl 265
The Flettner Fl 265 served as an experimental helicopter system for the German Kriegsmarine during W... [Read More]
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1942
Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri (Hummingbird)
The helicopter, as a viable war weapon, was not the sole historical domain of the Vietnam War - nor ... [Read More]
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1941
Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon)
The military helicopter earned its wings over the Korean peninsula during the Korean War (1950-1953)... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Achgelis Fa 269
Focke-Achgelis was founded prior to World War 2 in 1937, and marked a partnership between Heinrich F... [Read More]
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1942
Focke-Wulf Fw 191
The Fw 191 was the Focke-Wulf submission to the German Air Ministry's "Bomber B" program of 1939. Au... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
While the Heinkel He 177 "Greif" long-range heavy bomber became a troublesome bomber design, it was ... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Fw P.VII (Flitzer)
The situation in Germany during World War 2 was one that forced its aviation industry to continually... [Read More]
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1943
Focke-Wulf Projekt II
Famous German aviation engineer Kurt Tank (designer of the Fw 190 and Ta 153 fighters) fleshed out t... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Projekt Kamikaze Carrier
For a brief moment in World War 2 history, some elements of the German hierarchy entertained the pro... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Super Lorin
The "Super Lorin" stood as one of the many "paper airplane" projects undertaken by German aviation d... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 183 (Huckebein)
By late in World War 2, German authorities had already made a stout commitment to the production of ... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 283
The deteriorating late-war situation for Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945) was brought about, in pa... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)
The early wartime commitment to fighters and medium bombers came back to haunt German warplanners du... [Read More]
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1945
Gotha Go P.60A/B
The Gotha P.60 was a highly-modified version of the famous Horten Ho 229 "flying wing" appearing in ... [Read More]
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1945
Gotha Go P.60C
The Gotha Project 60C nightfighter was another late-war "paper airplane" design attempt intended to ... [Read More]
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1942
Heinkel He 111Z (Zwilling)
The He 111 Z (or "Zwilling") was a relatively successful joining of two He 111 medium-class bombers ... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He 162 Volksjager (Peoples Fighter)
The He 162 Volksjager (the "People's Fighter") was developed as a quick solution to stem the tide of... [Read More]
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1939
Heinkel He 176
In the late 1930s, the Heinkel concern of Germany began work on the world's first all-liquid fueled ... [Read More]
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1939
Heinkel He 178
The Heinkel He 178 became the world's first practical turbojet-powered aircraft to fly, beginning a ... [Read More]
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1943
Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)
There were many German aviation concerns lending their talents to the war effort of World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1941
Heinkel He 280
Though never produced in any operational format, the Heinkel He 280 series was the world's first tur... [Read More]
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1944
Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)
Towards the end of World War 2, there was a definitive shift in German thinking from piston-powered ... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1077 (Julia)
1944 proved a critical year for Germany and its fabled Luftwaffe. Once a master of the skies, advanc... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1078B
The various fighter programs of wartime Germany in World War 2 produced a bevy of fantastical design... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1078C
Germany's Emergency Fighter Program was enacted in the middle of July in 1944 in response to the All... [Read More]
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1945
Heinkel He P.1079 (Zerstorer)
One of the greatest threats to The Reich in the latter stages of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the bom... [Read More]
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1944
Heinkel Lerche (Lark)
Several aviation concerns of World War 2 fame (1939-1945) delved into the concept of Vertical Take-O... [Read More]
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1945
Henschel Hs 132
The Henschel Hs 132 was another in the long line of ambitious German jet-powered designs under devel... [Read More]
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1941
Henschel Hs P.75
The Henschel Hs P.75 appeared in 1941 as a possible contender to the outmoded and outclassed Messers... [Read More]
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1945
Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229
The Horten Ho IX (or "Horten Ho 229" - sometimes wrongly designated the "Gotha Go 229") maintains a ... [Read More]
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1945
Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
The Horten H.XVIII existed as a proposed jet-powered bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World Wa... [Read More]
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1944
Horton Ho X
The Horten Ho X (10) continued the Horten Brother's love affair with the flying wing concept. The co... [Read More]
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1943
Junkers Ju 187
Throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the early 1940s, the Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bom... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 287
The Junkers Ju 287 certainly proved one of the most unique of the approved late-war, jet-powered des... [Read More]
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1943
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
The German Junkers Ju 390 long range heavy bomber was intended to be able to strike far-off location... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 488
The German concern of Junkers took on many aircraft projects during, and before to the end, of World... [Read More]
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1945
Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
What became the last Junkers wartime submission to the German Air Ministry during World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]
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1943
Junkers Ju P.009 (Hubjager)
The situation for Germany during World War 2 (1939-1945) was taking a turn for the worse during the ... [Read More]
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1945
Lippisch Gleiter Bombenflugzeug (GB)
Part of the German problem heading into the middle-to-later years of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the... [Read More]
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1944
Lippisch P.13A
Alexander Lippisch (1894-1976) became an important figure in aviation research, having earned his "w... [Read More]
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1943
Luftwaffe Mistel (Mistletoe)
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 (1939-1945) embarked on many aircraft programs throughout the co... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet)
The German Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet" was perhaps the most unique frontline, operational-level fig... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the German answer to a failing war effort heading into 1945 during Worl... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101
The Messerschmitt Me P.1101 was a swept-wing, single-seat, single-engine jet-powered fighter aircraf... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1101/92
In 1944, Messerschmitt (among other German aircraft firms) was hard at work penciling out design con... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me P.1106
Realizing the limitations of the P.1101 jet-powered, variable-wing fighter design, German engineer D... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1110
The Emergency Fighter Program (EFP) was begun in July of 1944 by the German Luftwaffe to help produc... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1111
Messerschmitt AG of World War 2 Germany managed three of the more iconic aircraft used operationally... [Read More]
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1945
Messerschmitt Me P.1112
Messerschmitt's last turbojet-powered aircraft submission of World War 2 (1939-1945) became its P.11... [Read More]
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