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  •  It is 2.30am here and I have work (6+ / 0-)

    To go to today, so I want to thank you and wish you all a great day.

    I look forward to reading further comments when I wake up.

    In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

    by Tailgunner30uk on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:31:01 PM PST

    •  Well done! An excellent job... (2+ / 0-)
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      PrahaPartizan, KenBee

      ...I was at Cosford last October, and saw the aircraft concerned.

      A few points, if I may. The Me263 developed version had a fully retractable undercarriage (a bit of a weight penalty, but less drag and NO smashed spines).

      Me163 pilots often flew in gutta-percha flying suits - a crude natural latex compound which helped protect against fuel that had leaked!

      Here is the unique glider version of the Me163 being displayed (note the small central wheel in the skid!)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:57:09 PM PST

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      •  Thank you for your comments. (0+ / 0-)

        I will update the diary tonight with corrections and updates as suggested.  I was aware that the Me263 was intended to have retractable undercarriage, The prototype for this model waas provided with fixed landing gear and was unpowered.  I am not sure if the design went beyond prototype testing.  With so many other `last ditch` designs being worked on it was probable that little more than what is seen was completed.

        In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

        by Tailgunner30uk on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:44:35 AM PST

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