Messerschmitt Bf 109 X
Katalog Nummer: 92051
3 decal variants for Luftwaffe, Slovakia
1. BF 109X, experimental prototype, Germany, September 1940
2. BF 109X, alternate marking, 1941
3. BF 109X, alternate marking, Slovak A.F., 1941
Messerschmitt started also the development of a radial engined Bf109. Thus a version using the BMW 139 was developed. In 1938 the V-21, used for the development of the E-series was modified to take a BMW 139 engine, a copy of the P&W Twin Wasp. A new forward fuselage was designed from frame no.6 forwards, enabling the fitting of the radial engine. A new full vision "bubble" canopy was fitted. The aircraft flew in 1939.
The second radial engined 109 was a modified F-1 airframe, fitted with a fuselage similar to the V-21 with the BMW 139 engine. The Me-109X used the BMW 801 however. The aircraft flew in September 1940 and was tested by the RLM. The RLM decided however that the FW-190 was performing well and that there was no need for a similar powered fighter. Therefore the program was ended in 1941.
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