~ An assorted collection of 67 photographs of the German WW2 Fighterplanes Messerschmitt Me163, Me210, Me262, Me321/323 and Me410 ~
A very rare opportunity to own this fine collection of original photographs of a variety of Messerschmitt fighterplanes.
This comprehensive collection of 67 original black and white images includes manufacturer, press and publicity photos.
The pictures feature the various aircraft in many situations, including air-to-air, servicing, line-ups...etc. All are labelled/ annotated on the reverse. These are post war prints.
Collection includes Me 210 VI (D-AABF), Me 210 Al (VN&AT), a captured Me 410 'Hornisse', an air to air portrait of Me 410 AI/ A4, the Me 321/323 'Gigant' under attack, with rocket assistance for take-off, being towed by three Bf 110's and others of interest, the Me 163 in prototype and production form, engine and other technical details, captured examples, the Me 262 'Schwalbe' in Luftwaffe service, in various forms, captured examples, air-to-air views etc.
The distribution and various sizes of images is as follows:
Me 163: 20 photographs (inc. a postcard). Sizes range from 11.5cm x 7cm to 26cm x 20cm, with most being approx. 16.5cm x 12cm. A variety of formats.
Me 210: 6 photographs. Average size approx. 17cm x 11cm. A variety of formats.
Me 262: 28 photographs (inc. a postcard). Sizes range from 25cm x 21cm to 8.5cm x 6cm, with most being approx. 15cm x 10cm. A variety of formats.
Me 321/323: 8 photographs (inc. a postcard). Sizes range from 24cm x 17cm to 14.5cm x 10cm, with most being approx. 16cm x 12cm.
Me 410: 5 photographs. Sizes range from 16.5cm x 13cm to 11.5cm x 8cm.
Please see images below for images of the collection and representative samples...
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~ About the aircraft ~
The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Martin Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. As of 2011, it remains the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft to have ever been operational. Its design was revolutionary, and the Me 163 was capable of performance unrivaled at the time. Messerschmitt test pilot Rudy Opitz in 1944 reached 1,123 km/h (698 mph). Over 300 aircraft were built, however the Komet proved ineffective as a fighter, having been responsible for the destruction of only about nine Allied aircraft (16 air victories for 10 losses, according to other sources)
The Messerschmitt Me 210 was a German heavy fighter and ground attack aircraft of World War II. The Me 210 was designed to replace the Bf 110 in heavy fighter World War II. The first examples of the Me 210 were ready in 1939, but they proved to have poor flight characteristics.
The Me 262 Schwalbe ("Swallow") was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems prevented the aircraft from attaining operational status until mid-1944. Compared with Allied fighters of its day, including the jet-powered Gloster Meteor, it was much faster and better armed. The Me 262 is considered to have been the most advanced German aviation design in operational use during WWII.
The Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant was a large German cargo glider developed and used during WWII. It was developed into the six-engined Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant.
The Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse ("Hornet") was a German heavy fighter and Schnellbomber used by the Luftwaffe during World War II, developed from the badly flawed Me 210. Essentially a straightforward modification of that type, the Me 210 had garnered such a negative reputation it was renamed the Me 410 to avoid association with its predecessor.
~ Condition ~
The photos are in good condition, with very few featuring any significant damage (wear and tear/ ink seeping through from behind).
Some are mounted on card or paper backing.
For further details and condition, please see images below . . .