Aviation Photo #2638956 Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a Komet - Germany - Air Force

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The operational history of this Komet, on display in unrestored condition at the Udvar-Hazy Center, is unknown. It was one of five brought to the US after WWII for evaluation, receiving the foreign equipment code FE-500 that is still visible. Gliding tests were completed but powered tests were abandoned after delamination of the aircraft's wooden wings was discovered. It was then stored at Norton AFB until 1954 when it was transferred to the Smithsonian. Note the Walter rocket motor in the foreground
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    Alastair T. Gardiner
    Germany - Air Force
    Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a Komet
    Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
    Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
    Messerschmitt
    191301
    FE-500
    Washington - Dulles International
    Virginia
    USA
    April 11, 2015
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