Founded by Willi Messerschmitt at Bamberg in 1923 as Messerschmitt Flugzeugbau; became GmbH April 28,1926. Merged
Messerschmitt M 20
M 20
with Bayerische Flugzeugwerke 8 September 1927, but reconstituted June 1931 when BFW collapsed. BFW reformed 1933 and renamed Messerschmitt AG 11 July 1938. Amalgamated with Bolkow as Messerschmitt Bolkow GmbH 1968 and then with Hamburger Flugzeugbau to form
Messerschmitt Bf 109
Bf 109
Messerschmitt-Bolkow- Blohm 14 May 1969. S-16 powered glider flown 1924; M-18 three-passenger, single-engined airliners built for Nordbayerische Verkehrsflug AG and others 1925. Developed into M-20 and M-20b built for Lufthansa 1928. Highly successful M-23 two-seat sporting monoplane introduced 1929.

Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
Me-163 "Komet"
being renamed in 1938 continued production of BFW's Bf 108 and of Bf 109 fighter, Bf 110 twin-engined long-range fighter. Rocket-powered Me 163 fighter first flown August 1941, and first of Me 262 twin-jet fighters on 18
Messerschmitt Me-262
July 1942. Bf 110 developed into Me 210 fighter-bomber first flown September 2,1939, built up to 1944, and reengined Me 410, which made maiden flight in late 1942. Me 321 Gigant troop carrier/cargo glider (54.68m
Messerschmitt Me-323
wingspan) introduced 1941; 175 built together with 201 of Me 323 powered version with six Gnome- Rhone radial engines.

Reconstituted postwar company formed Flugzeug-Union Sud with Heinkel in August 1956, building Fouga Magister under license and later taking part in programs for Fiat G.91, Lockheed F-104G, Transall C.160 and Bell UH-1D.

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