Blohm und Voss BV P202
The Blohm & Voss P 202 was an unusual design study for a variable-geometry jet fighter during World War II. It was the first design to incorporate a slewed wing (also known as an oblique or scissor wing) in which one side swept forward and the other back.
This 1944 Richard Vogt’s design was powered by two BMW 003 jet engines and was armed with two MK 193 30 mm cannon on each side of the fuselage and one MG 151/20 20 mm cannon in the nose. The real star of this design was the variable wing, which was achieved by rotating the whole wing spar, up to 35 degrees. This was believed to have the advantages of higher maximum speed when in the 35 degree sweep position and better handling when in the straight position. Because the fuselage was filled with wing-rotation machinery, the landing gear extended down from the wing mainspar, and were very long.
Span: 11.98 m (39′ 4″)
Straight: 10.06 m (33′ 0.375″) at 35 degree sweep
Length: 10.45 m (34′ 3.75″)
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