Hello to all
The Bf-110 C a destroyer fighter for the blitzkrieg.
The Aircraft Acquisition Order No. 8, dated August 15, 1938, specified that 990 Messerschmitt Bf-110 C aircraft should be delivered to first line units as of January 1939. This aircraft would comprise the backbone of the equipment plan of the Luftwaffe in the period between the autumn of 1938 and the spring of 1942. According to this plan the Luftwaffe would be equipped with 16 groups of destroyer fighters, of which half would fly with the Bf-110 and the other half with the Me-210, but due to the shortage of raw materials this plan could never be fulfilled. These aircraft were considered as an offensive weapon and their role was to clear the airspace and escort the bombers, while the single-engine fighters would have the role of securing domestic airspace.
The Bf-110C was the first version of the Bf-110 to be equipped with Daimler Benz engines. After the failure of the DB 600 project, the C series was built around two DB 601A engines, capable of providing 1,100 hp. This increased the speed of the aircraft to 349 mph at 22,295 feet, and at least gave it the opportunity to fulfill its intended function. The result was an airplane that could surpass almost all the Allied fighters in altitude, but to the altitudes that it had to operate to protect to the bombers it would demonstrate to be more and more vulnerable to the British and later American fighter planes.
Together with the new engines already mentioned, this aircraft was aerodynamically cleaner, the radiators were taken out of the engine nacelles and moved to the lower panels of the wing ends to compensate for the increase in the weight of the engines. The exhaust pipes were located on the outside of the gondolas and directed upwards to prevent the gases from coming into contact with the refrigerators. It had a fixed tail wheel and changes were made to the main landing gear in such a way as to allow it to be stowed flush in the gondolas.
The first Bf-110 C that left the factory had rounded wing ends, while the later models had square ends that increased the speed of level flight. The wingspan was reduced to 624 mm which increased the wing load from 147 to 153 kg / m2, of course this reduced maneuverability. At cruise speed it took 18 seconds to complete a full circle with the level plane, but at full speed it took about 30 seconds. There was also an increase in the load of the control surfaces, with 20 kg in the ailerons and 30 kg in the elevators. The maximum speed of diving was 700 k / h (due to the low resistance of the wing).
At medium speed the airplane responded well and was comfortable to fly and with quick reaction, stable to turns and did not tend to fall into a corkscrew easily. But this changed totally at low speed and the control surfaces required a great effort to displace them to their maximum deflection. Although it was possible to fly with a single engine, landing in that condition was quite difficult and even with the maximum displacement of the rudder, the asymmetric forces could not be counteracted.
The Messerschmitt Bf-110 C-1 was the first production version of the C series. It had the DB 601A engine, 1,100 hp, and was armed with four MG 17 machine guns and two MG FF guns in the nose, and a single machine gun MG 15 in the observer's cockpit. Delivered to the test unit in January 1939 and to the frontline units during the spring and summer of 1939. It participated in the Polish campaign. At the beginning of the war there were 23 Bf-110 B-1 and 59 Bf-110 C-1 in the units of destroyers of the Luftwaffe .....................
Messerschmitt Bf 110 vol. II. Kagero.
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.