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BMW Strahljager II (P.II)


Single-Seat, Single-Engine Jet Fighter Proposal [ 1946 ]



The Strahljager P.II was the second of four jet-powered fighter designs drawn up by engine-maker BMW during the latter-half of World War 2.



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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.

Like the P.I, the P.II was not furthered beyond its paper stage.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
1946

Origin
Nazi Germany national flag graphic
Nazi Germany

Status
CANCELLED
Development Ended.
Crew
1

Production
0
UNITS


Bayerische Motoren Werke / Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) - Nazi Germany
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
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.
Interception
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.


Length
29.5 ft
(9.00 m)
Width/Span
24.4 ft
(7.43 m)
Height
8.4 ft
(2.57 m)
Empty Wgt
3,417 lb
(1,550 kg)
MTOW
6,063 lb
(2,750 kg)
Wgt Diff
+2,646 lb
(+1,200 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the BMW Strahljager II production variant)
monoplane / shoulder-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Shoulder-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the BMW Strahljager II production variant)
Installed: 1 x BMW 003 turbojet engine developing between 1,345lb and 1,750lb of thrust.
Max Speed
562 mph
(905 kph | 489 kts)
Cruise Speed
488 mph
(785 kph | 424 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+75 mph
(+120 kph | 65 kts)
Ceiling
41,010 ft
(12,500 m | 8 mi)
Range
590 mi
(950 km | 1,759 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
4,325 ft/min
(1,318 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(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)
PROPOSED / ASSUMED:
2 x 30mm MK 108 internal automatic cannons.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft automatic cannon


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0


Strahljager P.1 - Base Project Designation.
Strahljager P.2 - Second form with underslung engine placement, prone cockpit position; conventional tail unit; high-mounted mainplanes..
Strahljager P.3 - Third iteration; twin-boom (unconnected) layout with inward-canted tailplanes.
Strahljager P.4 - Dimensionally larger and heavier offering; ventral engine placement; conventional tail unit; swept-back mainplanes seated ahead of midships.


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