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Me 410
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Me 410 A-1/U2, RAF Cosford
Role Fighter-bomber
Manufacturer Messerschmitt, Dornier
Designer Waldemar Voigt
First flight 1942
Introduction 1943
Retired 1945
Primary users Luftwaffe

Hungarian Air Force

Produced May 1943-August 1944
Number built ~1,200
Developed from Me 210

The Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse ("Hornet") was a German heavy fighter and Schnellbomber used by the Luftwaffe during World War II. Though essentially a straightforward modification of the Me 210, it was designated the Me 410 to avoid association with its notoriously flawed predecessor.













An Me 410A-1/U4 with a BK 5 autocannon finishes its attack on a USAAF B-17.
Me 410 Hornisse with BK 5










Me 410, W.Nr.420430, RAF Museum Cosford (2009)==Specifications (Me 410 A-1)==
800px-Messerschmitt Me 410 (3444884769)






From Wagner, Ray and Nowarra, Heinz. German Combat Planes: A Comprehensive Survey and History of the Development of German Military Aircraft from 1914 to 1945. New York: Doubleday, 1971, page 261.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot and gunner)
  • Length: 12.4 m (40 ft 8-3/16 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.39 m (53 ft 9-1/4 in)
  • Height: 3.7 m (12 ft 2-5/8 in)
  • Wing area: 36.20 m² (390 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 6,150 kg (13,558 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 10,760 kg (23,721 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 603A liquid-cooled V12 engine, 1,750 PS (1,726 hp, 1,287 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 624 km/h (388 mph)
  • Range: 2,300 km (1,400 mi)combat
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 m (32,800 ft)
  • Climb to 6,000 m (19,680 ft): 10.7 min

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 2 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns with 1,000 rpg, firing forward.
    • 2 × 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons with 350 rpg, firing forward.
    • 2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns with 500 rpg, each firing rearward from FDSL 131/1B remote-operated turret, one per side.
  • Bombs: up to 1,000 kg (2,204 lb) of disposable stores.

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