The second of four "Strahljager" single-seat, single-engine fighter designs promoted by engine-maker BMW was recognized simply as "Projekt II". This offering reversed a few of the design decisions of the earlier P.I detailed elsewhere on this site but relocating the dorsal engine placement to the ventral line, employing a more conventional single-finned tail unit, and positioning the pilot in the prone position. The unique prone approach offered a considerably smaller footprint for the fighter, which would have carried the company's own BMW 003 turbojet engine for power, and theoretically would have allowed the pilot's body to incur forces at higher angles of attack.
The mainplanes were set just ahead of midships and the horizontal planes mounted at the midway point of the tailfin. Sweepback was only apparent along the wing's leading edge. With the engine's placement at the belly of the design, a straight-through configuration meant reduced ductwork and force-defeating turns. The intake sat at the nose with the exhaust port seen just under the tail stem (forcing the empennage to be slightly raised as a result). To round things out, a retractable tricycle undercarriage was to be featured for ground-running.
Like the P.I before it, the P.II would have featured 2 x 30mm MK 108 automatic cannons as primary armament, these seated in the wings (one gun to a wing) due to the small profile nose section dominated by the air intake as well as the cockpit itself.
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✓Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
Ability to intercept inbound aerial threats by way of high-performance, typically speed and rate-of-climb.
✓X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
29.5 ft (9.00 m)
24.4 ft (7.43 m)
8.4 ft (2.57 m)
3,417 lb (1,550 kg)
6,063 lb (2,750 kg)
+2,646 lb (+1,200 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the BMW Strahljager II production variant)
monoplane / shoulder-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the BMW Strahljager II production variant)
1 x BMW 003 turbojet engine developing between 1,345lb and 1,750lb of thrust.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the BMW Strahljager II production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
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