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Messerschmitt Stiftung – Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a Komet (replica) D-1636 / PK+QL

Company: Messerschmitt Stiftung Airport: Nordholz (ETMN)
Type: Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a Komet (replica) Country: Germany
Registration/CN: D-1636 / PK+QL/1/1996 Date: June 19th, 2010
Camera: Canon EOS 40D Lens: Sigma 18-200DG
Remarks: The first flight of the Me-163A took place from Ausburg on September 1, 1941. On October 2, 1941 a Me-163A flown by Heini Dietmar, reached 1.003 km/h becoming the first pilot in the world to break the magic mark of 1.000 km/h. The Me-163A's engine proved to be too unreliable so another engine was needed. This resulted in the Me-163B, that flew for the first time on June 1, 1943. The Komet was originally built by Josef Kurz as a glider replica of the Me-163B. Kurz himself was in training for Komet service, but the end of the war prevented him from flying the real thing. Construction was started in 1994, and registered as D-ESJK the first flight was made on June 18, 1996. In 2000, Kurz' replica was sold to EADS in a non-airworthy condition. EADS performed an extensive overhaul and modifications from 2004 to 2006 and the first flight, re-registered as D-1636, was made in July 2006. source: http://www.touchdown-aviation.com / http://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/me163/kurz.htm
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