Military Factory logo
Icon of a dollar sign
Icon of military officer saluting
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
Icon of navy warships

Lippisch P.13

High-Speed, Tandem Engine Bomber Aircraft Proposal

Lippisch P.13

High-Speed, Tandem Engine Bomber Aircraft Proposal

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Lippisch P.13 was an ultimately abandoned German project of World War 2 designed around the concept of a high-speed bomber.
National Flag Graphic
ORIGIN: Nazi Germany
YEAR: 1943
MANUFACTURER(S): Lippisch / Messerschmitt - Nazi Germany
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: Nazi Germany (cancelled)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Lippisch P.13 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 30.84 feet (9.4 meters)
WIDTH: 41.99 feet (12.8 meters)
HEIGHT: 16.73 feet (5.1 meters)
ENGINE: 2 x Daimler-Benz DB605B engines of 1,475 horsepower each and arranged in tandem (one pulling, one pushing); each driving three-bladed propeller units.




ARMAMENT



OPTIONAL:
1 x Conventional drop bomb under the fuselage.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• P.13 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Lippisch P.13 High-Speed, Tandem Engine Bomber Aircraft Proposal.  Entry last updated on 9/19/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Tandem engine arrangements were a unique facet of World War 2 fighter design and perhaps best embodied by the German Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil" heavy fighter. Another entry into this category of aircraft arrived in the form of the Lippisch P.13 in November of 1942, designed around a high-speed bomber requirement. The aircraft's design (unrelated to the P.13A and P.13B Lippisch-designed aircraft detailed on this site) was credited to Josef Hubert despite it falling under the Alexander Lippisch name - at the time, Hubert served as the head of Department L of Messerschmitt under Lippisch himself.

The arrangement of the P.13 was largely conventional, seating the single pilot near midships under a tear-drop canopy. Wing mainplanes were set near midships as well and the tail unit was made up of a single rounded vertical fin with a ventral fin added. The undercarriage was wheeled and retractable though of a tail-dragger arrangement. The main legs sat under the wings near the roots and the tail wheel was fitted, as expected, under the tail's mass.

There were two unique qualities of the design: firstly was the engine pairing which seated one Daimler-Benz DB605B inline piston unit at the nose and a second DB605B at the rear, its placement ahead of the vertical tailplane while the spinner extended beyond the plane (driven by way of a shaft). One engine was set to "pull" the aircraft and the other to "push" it - the combined power making for an exceptionally fast and powerful aeroplane (as proven by the Do 335 which flew late in the war). Each engine developed 1,475 horsepower and drove three-bladed propeller units and, internally, there were five total fuel tanks to feed both engines.




The second unique quality of the aircraft was its wing mainplanes which featured varying degrees of sweepback for low- and high-speed flying. The appendages had two levels of sweep: nearer the wing roots it was 18 degrees and outboard of this it was increased to 38 degrees. There was enough useful area within the mainplanes that no horizontal tail surfaces were used - as such the P.13 was considered a "tailless" aircraft design.

The P.13 was to rely on its inherent speed to advance beyond any enemy air defenses including ground-based guns and airborne interceptors. As such, no defensive armament was fitted to the design. Its sole proposed armament provision was an underfuselage (centerline) hardpoint for a single conventional drop bomb.

Work on the P.13 abruptly ended when Department L was closed by Messerschmitt in April of 1943 and this ended design work on several forward-thinking projects including the P.13. Alexander Lippisch then relocated to Vienna to work at the Aeronautic Research Institute of Vienna and produced a whole slew of new ideas, some of which impacted Cold War-era aircraft design, mainly for the Americans.

The P.13, as designed, was proposed with a wingspan of 42 feet, a length of 30.9 feet and a height of 16.8 feet. No performance specifications were given.




MEDIA









Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

Image of collection of graph types

Aviation Era
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
0
0

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Supported Arsenal
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.