Messerschmitt Me 321B Gigant (Giant) Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1941
Type: Heavy Cargo Glider Aircraft
National Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer(s): Messerschmitt AG - Nazi Germany
Production Total: 200
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 3
Overall Length: 92.36 feet (28.15 meters)
Overall Width: 180.45 feet (55.00 meters)
Overall Height: 33.30 feet (10.15 meters)
Weight (Empty): 27,337 lb (12,400 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 75,839 lb (34,400 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: None. The aircraft was pulled airborne by a tug aircraft (various makes).
Maximum Speed: 99 mph (160 kph; 86 knots)
Service Ceiling: 19,948 feet (6,080 meters; 3.78 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 490 feet-per-minute (149 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
4 OR 5 x 7.92mm MG 15 machine guns
Global Operators / Customers
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Me 321 A-1 - Initial production model; single pilot flight deck; 100 examples produced.
Me 321 B-2 - Second production model; revised flight deck for second pilot; armament of 4 OR 5 x 7.92mm machine guns; 100 examples produced.