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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.

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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 (Typical): 7
Overall Length: 54.72 feet (16.68 meters)
Overall Width: 88.12 feet (26.86 meters)
Overall Height: 15.45 feet (4.71 meters)

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: 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