Bachem Ba 349 Natter

Bachem Ba 349 Natter

X-Planes 8
  • Author: Robert Forsyth
  • Illustrator: Adam Tooby
  • Short code: XPL 8
  • Publication Date: 28 Jun 2018
  • Number of Pages: 80
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The Bachem Ba 349 Natter was a secretive, vertical take-off, single-seat rocket interceptor intended to offer high-speed defence of key targets. This radical aircraft offered Luftwaffe an inexpensive means with which to intercept and attack Allied heavy bombers using a vertically-launched, semi-expendable machine built of wood and armed with a nose-mounted ‘honeycomb' battery of spin-stabilised air-to-air rockets as well as cannon armament. Launched vertically at 36,000ft per minute, the pilot was expected to fly within range of the enemy bombers, fire his rockets at them, ram another bomber, eject and parachute to the ground.

Illustrated with contemporary photographs and stunning commissioned artwork, this study examines this inventive yet ultimately unsuccessful attempt by the Luftwaffe to defend against the tide of Allied aircraft that was bombing German cities into the ground.

Biographical Note

Robert Forsyth has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe for many years and met and interviewed numerous former members of JV 44 around the world, including Adolf Galland, Walter Krupinski, Klaus Neumann, Herbert Kaiser, and Franz Stigler during his research into the unit. He now works full time in publishing, and is the author of Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters (2017), Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport Units 1936-41 (2017), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerika Bomber (2016), and Luftwaffe Mistel Composite Bomber Units (2015). He lives in East Sussex, UK.
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