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MBB Lampyridae (Firefly)

Supersonic Stealth Fighter Proposal

MBB Lampyridae (Firefly)

Supersonic Stealth Fighter Proposal

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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The MBB Lampyridae was being developed in West Germany as a low-observable missile-minded fighter - it was cancelled.
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ORIGIN: Germany
YEAR: 1985
MANUFACTURER(S): Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) - West Germany
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: West Germany (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the MBB Lampyridae (Firefly) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 47.57 feet (14.5 meters)
WIDTH: 21.33 feet (6.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 7.55 feet (2.3 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 8,818 pounds (4,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 12,125 pounds (5,500 kilograms)
ENGINE: Not Available. Sole turbofan engine of unknown thrust output assumed.
SPEED (MAX): 590 miles-per-hour (950 kilometers-per-hour; 513 knots)




ARMAMENT



Not Available. Though it is though that the fighter would have carried guided/homing missiles of some sort.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Lampyridae ("Firefly") - Product Name


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the MBB Lampyridae (Firefly) Supersonic Stealth Fighter Proposal.  Entry last updated on 6/27/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
It is now clear that, during the 1980s, the Americans were not the only power working on low-observable stealth aircraft (embodied by their Lockheed F-117 "Nighthawk" bomber). Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) of West Germany began their own work on a separate entry known under the name of Lampyridae ("Firefly"). However, this project did not see the light of day as an operational fighter for whatever reason. Despite this, the work bears mention for its program goals.

This unique European-originated aircraft featured sharp angles and faceted panels about its design. A diamond-like planform was selected which incorporated a single vertical tail fin, extremely pointed nose and its cockpit canopy conforming to the generally sharp shape. The design was not unlike the "Have Blue" product which preceded the F-117 but apparently was not influenced by the American approach in any way - the two designs emerging from different parts of the world independently. A tricycle undercarriage was a conventional feature of the design. The single engine buried within the fuselage was aspirated through an inverted triangular intake opening under the cockpit.

A wind tunnel model was tested by the Germans in 1985. In 1987, United States Air Force personnel were shown the work which, much to their surprise, followed closely their Have Blue / F-117 projects which were conducted under complete secrecy. Likewise, the German endeavor was also of a secretive nature so the two programs should never have crossed paths. In the end, the Lampryridae's appearance was deemed nothing more than coincidental - a reasoning ultimately accepted by the United States.

Beyond the wind tunnel model was a full-sized mockup but little else of the project came to fruition for the program was abandoned.

Presented performance and dimension numbers on this page are estimated.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (590mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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