Messerschmitt M 20


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Messerschmitt M 20

The first prototype flew and then crashed on February 26, 1928. The second prototype flew on August 3, 1928. 14 aircraft were built for Lufthansa.

Messerschmitt M 20A three-view drawing (602 x 758)

 ENGINE1 x BMW-VI, 500kW
  Take-off weight4800 kg10582 lb
  Wingspan25.5 m84 ft 8 in
  Length15.9 m52 ft 2 in
  Height4.2 m14 ft 9 in
  Wing area65.0 m2699.65 sq ft
  Max. speed220 km/h137 mph
  Cruise speed180 km/h112 mph
  Ceiling5000 m16400 ft
  Range w/max.fuel1000 km621 miles

Bernd Billmayer, e-mail, 13.07.2016 19:31

I can provide a newspaper photo of the crash of the first prototype.


H. Liedtke, e-mail, 10.03.2011 05:01

I just discovered to my horror that my first plane ride back in 1934 as a 6-year old was aboard an M-20. Fortunately I was blissfully unaware of the plane's poor record. Instead I was having a ball! If anybody out there has higher resolution pictures of the M-20, thank you so much for sending them to my e-mail address. Happy Landings!


Barry, 07.01.2010 15:21

15 aircraft were built in total including the prototype, which crashed on its initial flight killing the pilot Hans Hackmak. There were 3 models: a,b, and b2. 13 aircraft went to DLH and one to DVS. Eight survivors went to the Luftwaffe as trainers, the last one crashing in 1943. One was sold to Varig in Brazil in 1937 and flew on to 1948.
The specification above reflects the "b" model although the take off weight was probably 4,600 kg and the maximum speed 205 km /h with the cruising speed of 165 km /h.


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